Mopani rockfall kills 4 miners


FOUR miners have died in a mine accident at South Ore Body (SOB) shaft of Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) in Kitwe  after a rock fell on them at 3240 feet level.

The deceased have been identified as Emmanuel Kyongola of House number J 59 Chamboli township, Honest Mushota of House number 74 Geddes Street  Nkana East, Arnold Mambwe of House number H2-63 Chamboli Township and Abel Munthali of house number 893 Old Ndeke in Kitwe.

Copperbelt police chief Joyce Kasosa confirmed the death of the four miners, but that their bodies were yet to be retrieved from the pit.

“I can confirm the death of the four miners who died after a rock-fall at SOB shaft of MCM at 3240 feet level South. The bodies are yet to be retrieved,” Ms Kasosa said.

And Mineworkers Union of  Zambia (MUZ) general treasurer Leonard Phiri said, out of the 94 miners who were working on the shift,  four had gone missing after  the earth curved on them during operations.

Mr Phiri could not confirm whether the four were dead, but only said the search was on and would only be confirmed dead if their bodies were found.

“As  at now, I can’t say the four missing persons are dead, but I can only say the search for the missing  miners is on. Until they

“As MUZ, we can’t give you detailed information about the incident, but only MCM would be able to give detailed information regarding the incident,” Mr  Phiri said.

He said the 90 miners who were working with the four missing miners were evacuated from the shaft and were fine.

“The other 90 miners are fine and with no injuries. They are actually at their homes right now,” He said.