Fire guts another Malawi market

Property worth millions of Kwacha is estimated to have been lost when the Mbayani market in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, went up in flames during the night of Sunday September 29.

Vendors sad

Vendors sad

Mbayani market went up in flames Sunday night, reducing the shops to mere smouldering rubble.

The cause of the fire, claimed to have started around 8pm, is yet to be  established.

No injuries were reported save for traders who were shocked upon seeing the ashes that had been their merchandise. Vendors suspect the fire originated from some restaurant stalls in the market.

The incident follows another recently where Tsoka Flea Market and Mzuzu market were also destroyed. Property estimated at K1.2 billion was destroyed in the fires that occurred at Mzuzu and Tsoka markets.

President Peter Peter Mutharika instituted a ministerial committee to look into the occurrences and come up with lasting solutions to the problem.

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13 thoughts on “Fire guts another Malawi market”

  1. Mtumbuka Ogeza says:

    mafana a Seccesion mwayamba kumaotcha mitsika…..mukafunse Mzomera Ngwira ndi mzake Joyce Banda akuziwapo kathu…….ma cadet a pipi tikuwonani

  2. suzgo says:

    govt should now impleament a new standard for markets. no one wooden buildings all markets should be built using bricks n cement.

  3. muonosile says:

    You people, can you educate me, is Mbayani market a Market? and when you say market is burned what do you mean? I don’t know what you call Mbayani Market.

  4. cbk says:

    kunena zoona mamangidwe a misika sali bwino,zisakasa zokhazokha.chomwe tinganene kuti local gov anamangapo pa mbayani ndi chemusa nchani?munsika kumamanga kashop ndi zidina nkufolela udzu zoona?eish.

  5. Nankungwi says:

    Its a little suspisious that we are getting all these market fires! a good study dhould be done to correct the problem from the basic cause? it is arson? is it politicallymotivated? are the structures lacking in the markets?Something very drastuc needs to happen to stop these fires. Restructiring si very necessaryStrict regulations should be passed and obeyed.This is dangerous.

  6. GAMPHANI says:

    NDINANENA KALE KUTI MISIKA YATHU IRI VULNERABLE 2 FIRE! ALIYESE AMANGOMANGA ZISAKASA MMENE ANGAFUNIRE!

  7. ujeni says:

    Dwellings in Malawi locations is next, we have stone age structures in Malawi, this may turn out to be a blessing to Beautify Malawi

  8. SAIKUPHA says:

    kod akumayasa misikai ndani? Am sure otsutsa boma akuziwapo kanthu

    1. TITO says:

      ANYAMATA A QUOTA XOOL KU NTCHEU ANAWOTCGA XOOL AJA NDAMENE AKUWOTCHA MISIKA MMALAWI MUINO NDI GULU LAWO !!

  9. Guest says:

    Yesterniht it was Mbayani market, this morning it was chisakasa under Escom wires close to Chemussa market. Someone is playing with fire. I think the authorities need to insist of fire prevention procedures anywhere public in Malawi. I was concerned with the Chemussa fire, where had it spread would have set ablaze one of the most highly concentrated residential village of Mbayani/Chemussa Magasa where no fire engine can reach and the terrain is totally hilly and impossible to navigate. Reminds me of the fire of London or Chicago.

  10. MUKHO says:

    ZITHUMWA MMISIKAMU NDI VINYANGA KWABASI !!!

  11. kholobowa(nthochi wapathyolo) says:

    Pazodiack mesa amati udayamba spark ya pa pole yamagetsi itagwera pamakatoni then moto udakakolera kuvisakasa

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