UPdated: Fire guts Mzuzu Uiversity library

Fire, suspected to have emanated from an electrical fault, has gutted Mzuzu University (Mzuni) library, costing a loss of hundreds of millions kwacha worth of books.

Mzuni library on fire

Mzuni library on fire

The fire started at around 02:00 hours Friday and the Mzuzu fire brigade failed to contain.

It was unclear whether the students, who were sitting for end of semester exams and were expected to finish Fridayafternoon, would keep on with the exams.

Student union president Katatu Wazamazama hinted that the exams would “go on.”

Vice Chancellor Robert Ridley described the development as “sad” and “disastrous” in his address to the students immediately after the inferno.

Meanwhile, students who still have university books in their custody have been asked to return them.

A memo signed by the assistant registrar (student and academic affairs) Alfred Gunda also called on students to be on the look-out for those with intentions to go away with school property.

The Malawi Police Service has been deployed at the institution’s strategic exits to search all bags and vehicles leaving the institution.


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21 thoughts on “UPdated: Fire guts Mzuzu Uiversity library”

  1. MALAWIAN says:

    muzaźiona ukuona ngati fire fighting is so simple?personal safety first

  2. ngongoliwa says:

    Fire fire fire,,,,,,,,Bunny Wailer.

  3. Chingolopiyo says:

    Its hight time we change the name of our country! Malawi means flame in chichewa its moto = hell: jahena/ ng’anjo we should not expect things to change in hell/ Malawi or else we all repent and we will found ourselves in another better place. Moto/ dzuwali ndi mkhalidwe wake waku ng’anjo kuno, andale angabwere akutipitsabe ke hell, becoz we are in ng’anjo, lake of fire /Malawi

  4. kambindingu "hard & low" says:

    Looking at the seriousness of the inferno , iam 100% that someone was behind this fire. Unfortunately am sure of the motive.

  5. Tawonga says:

    Am heartbroken to learn bout the fire at Mzuzu University, the library had just got a face lift too, been painted, new student lockers, shelves, brand new computers in the library…, that was like 3/4months ago. Now this…, Wow…, a very sad day indeed. Now to reconstruct, replace all that’s been lost, books, computers…, not to mention data on hard drives that will possibly never be recovered. I can’t help it but wonder where the guards were (who are stationed at the gate which is about 400meters away…, granted it doesn’t take long for fire to spread…, then our sorry excuse for a fire brigade. There has been many incidences of fire in Mzuzu city (how many times has Mzuzu Market set ablaze)… what will it take for the City Assembly, Mayor or whoever is responsible to wake up and smell the coffee…, come on rectify this!!! What are u waiting for?!?!?

  6. mbuya says:

    iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii koma fire! fire! so sad

  7. ankunuleapelete says:

    So sad.I can feel the pain

  8. cashgate1 says:

    Is our fire dept effective? If they always fail to control the fire, what’s the essence of having this dept around. Or these guys need panel beating and be fired for failing to do their job.

  9. Bernard Banda says:

    Its sad indeed.

  10. symon M.N says:

    am so sad wth our mzuni library being a third year student in the faculty of education.too bad 4 us mzuni students.

  11. Lida says:

    What A Heavy Loss, Source Of My Knowledge In Those Admirable Days

  12. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Do we routinely check electric fittings and appliances in our homes, offices etc?

  13. Joseph Banda says:

    Kodi Ku North ku Bwanji?

  14. Twambi says:

    Pepani Prof Uta, pepani Prof Ridley, Pepani Mzunii staff and students. Pepami a Malawi tones.

  15. ramsay snow is a nice guy when you get to know him says:

    a nation of fires and yet no fire fighting capacity.

  16. Steve says:

    eish… what a heavy loss for us all!! Billions are lost and more so is the time for some students who were about to finish next semester.

  17. odomondo says:

    What a blow to the mzuni community and a country as a whole

  18. nyamazi says:

    I am crying for the Library at my Mzuni University. As a former Library Science student,, i feel very, very, very sad indeed for the loss of one of the best Academic libraries in this Country championed and established by the able and visioned University Librarian Prof. Joseph Uta and his fellow librarians in the Faculty of Library & Information Science.

    Benson M. N.

  19. Kondwani says:

    what a loss

  20. mussa says:

    Koma ndiye heavy loss

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