K15m property lost in Mchinji mice hunting Kwidu Lodge fire

Bush fire suspected to be caused by mice hunters has razed down property worth over K15 million belonging to Kwidu Lodge a tourism site in Mchinji on Tuesday September 18 2018, Malawi police have confirmed.

One of the affected blocks up in flames

Kwidu Lodge a tourism site in Mchinji destroyed

According to lodge owner, human rights activist Charles Kasambala the harmful bush fire caught one of the rooms at the premises before it spread to other rooms.

Mchinji Police Station spokesperson Inspector Kaitano Lubrino said coordinated efforts by the members of community and other stake holders managed to douse off the fire using local resources but after it had made the said damage.

“No report of physical injury has been received but four magnificent grass thatched blocks have been affected by the fire, and  a rough assessment made by the owner indicate that a total of K15 million  worthy properties were razed down to ashes by the inferno,” he said.

Lubrino added that  community members put out the fire  and  that police have since instituted investigations on the matter.

“We are however denouncing the behavior by some irresponsible citizens to refrain from being in the forefront setting bush fires as it affects and endangers vegetation, wild animals as well as people,” said Lubrino.

He added: “Furthermore construction of firebreaks in all structures should not be overlooked if properties are to be guarded from fire outbreaks”.

Kasambala, 52 who is a Human Rights Activist working for Centre for Legal Assistance comes from Chijere Village traditional authority Timbiri in Nkhatabay.

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Achiswe
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IF the fire was caused by someone hunting mice for food, then it supports the report on the level of poverty in Malawi where people are reduced to eating mice! In any event when people invest large sums of money in property and business, it makes sense to take measures to reduce the chance of fire destroying their investment.

Duduzane
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Ndi pomwe tingadziwe kuti dziko lathu ndi losaukisisa. Zaka za makono mpaka kumakasaka mbewa

Chibwatiko Mbekamachuni
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Chibwatiko Mbekamachuni

kkkkkk people should not be in the forefront? what is the meaning of this?

Ngolongoliwa wa 81 yrs
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Ngolongoliwa wa 81 yrs

Pepani ukongwa a Chiyembwi mwataya katundu wa ndalama zinandi ukongwa, ini nge Chiyembwi chinyinu chaku Mwambazi, GVK Kango, T/A Timbiri kwaku yini nkhupepesa waka kuti pepani Ada Mdala, tavisusya.

Waku Gauteng
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Waku Gauteng

I feel for him. Let’s hope he had an insurance cover

Noxy
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Very bad,but how did hunting of mouse resulted into burning of buildings? Wasn’t their fire break around the Lodge?

Kings
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That was my question also. we are talking of a lodge under bush fire how was the environmemt thereof. Kapena ena angoba nkunamizira motowo. This is very bad and sad.

Che Shaibu
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Che Shaibu

From the pictures, you can tell that the Lodge was already in the bush.

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