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HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned the death of four Grain Marketing Board (GMB) workers who were killed in an explosion at the company's Lions Den depot on Tuesday.

The families of those who were killed and injured, President Mnangagwa said Wednesday, will receive State assistance as their relatives became victims in the line of duty.

While the cause of the explosion is still being investigated, preliminary indications point to an electrical fault which was made worse by a combination of combustible gases.

The four died in the line of duty as they sought to secure our Strategic Grain Reserves stored at many sites which include Lions Den, President Mnangagwa said. I have instructed the relevant arms of government to ensure that the appropriate state assistance is extended to all those caught up in the explosion.

President Mnangagwa also said he had also directed that all grain silos in the country undergo safety checks to avert mishaps in the future.

The GMB Lions Den depot houses the country's biggest silos as it has 29 silo bins, with a capacity of around 104,000 metric tons of grain.

Worried about the condition of the silos, most of which were built before the country's independence, the government last year invested in their refurbishment which assisted in restoring their capacity to handle more grain.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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