Fire guts Chipiku stores  as looters empty shop

Fire has razed down Chipiku stores wholesale in Kasungu as looters took advantage of the situation to loot goods in the adjacent Chipiku local shop.

People watch as flames and smoke billowing from the roof at Chipiku stores in Kasungu

All the goods and property in the wholesale shop has been gutted by the raging fire so too the building.

However, the nearby just opened Chipiku local shop was not much affected by the fire but looters swiftly emptied the shop of anything their hands could lay on.

It took hours for the firefighters to come, long after the fire had already caused the damage as the fire engine was called from Lilongwe.

There are reports that the fire engine delayed because President Peter Mutharika was holding a whistle-stop campaign tour in Dowa and Ntchisi and stopped in the middle of the busy M1 road at Mponela in Dowa to talk to the people.

The fire engine was not allowed to pass through because the Head of State was talking to the people in the middle of the busy road.

Questions also arise as to why councils do not have their own fire-fighting engines.

As of now, owners of the Chipiku stores are counting the costs of the fire damage.

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Mdjomba
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Mdjomba

KKKK this issue of paving way eishhh tionongetsa zambiri. Dzana it was ambulance driver, Today Chipiku then tomorrow ?

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK koma petulo Mutharika sazatheka. Nkhani ndikutseka miseu basi akakhala pa whistle stop. by the way he should be packing his belongings right now as Malawians are ready to vote for opposition this time around!!!! We are tired of this matchona and DPP govt!!!!!

Che Mcniro
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Che Mcniro

we know the indians are capable of Fake Claims

Fredrick Sakala
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Fredrick Sakala

Do not blame oldman this issue,politians thy are clever MCP did that,to gain more vote in central but this time vote for Chilima,country will change,Chakwera go back to church because u disrespect church leaders

Vox Pop
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Vox Pop

Does your father own a church????? it seems you have a snails brain

Kaitano
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Kaitano

This kind of comment comes from a person whom this side we call him,, first class idiot.

Nene
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Nene

Nkhani si Dr Chakwera iwe koma mimoto mukumabutsa dalayi afiti inu. Asaa. Agogo akowo aene amadzitenga nga King akupita mu May muno. Kuno ku mangalande amapanga priortise chilichonse cha emergency koma Malawi go kuyipa mtima.

youna
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youna

Cant we afford to procure fire engines in all Districts? Komatu penapake boma limatiyesa kwambiri.

Hora
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Hora

Surely Lilongwe is far too far for a fire engine to cruise from in order to save property in Kasungu 120km away from fire damage. Municipal staff must wake up

Muthalirenji
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Muthalirenji

I received a first social media report that Chipiku shop in Kasungu was on fire at 4:20pm and saw the fire engine passing through Mponela Trading Centre through MBC TV live broadcast ahead of President’s arrival from Ntchisi direction at 4:45pm. So Mr reporter where exactly at Mponela and for how many minutes was the fire engine held before it was allowed to proceed?

Payoniya
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Fodya eti…galimoto ichokere Ku Lilongwe kukazimisa moto Ku Kasungu..

Chalaka bakha
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Chalaka bakha

Kenako fire engine idzachokera ku Blantyre kukazimisa moto ku Likoma 🤣

Boncholi
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Boncholi

Pitala Pitala pitala, ndakuitana kangati?

Prophet Mborol
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Drivers of ambulances ,fire and any emergency vehicles. ,please leave out these politicians cheating people .You have to save lives and property. Look now,we have lost just because of someone afuna ganyu.