Police plays-down reports Thuchira Bridge fire caused by mentally disturbed person: ‘We’re still investigating’

Malawi police has brushed aside reports that the fire that has gutted Thuchira Bridge  was caused by a mentally disturbed person who had set fire under the bridge to warm himself.

Thuchira Bridge has been rendered impassable after being gutted by fire

People around the area where the bridge has been burnt said a mentally challenged person sleeps underneath the bridge and usually uses fire to warm himself at night.

But Mulanje Police publicist Gresham Ngwira dismissed such reports as “social media stories” hence cannot be relied upon.

“As the police, we are still investigating the matter and yet to establish the cause of the fire,” said  Ngwira.

The Roads Authority (RA) has since advised motorists travelling to Mulanje to use the M2 Limbe-Thyolo-Mulanje Road and those travelling to Phalombe to use the Limbe-Chiradzulu Road joining the Zomba-Jali-Phalombe-Chitakale Road.

Spokesperson for the authority Portia Kajanga said engineers are already on site to rehabilitate the bridge.

Kajanga assured that in the shortest time possible, that road should be opened to traffic.

Currently, construction work is underway for a more permanent bridge that will replace the temporary Bailey bridge affected by the fire.

According to Kajanga, construction works for the new bridge which is being carried out by Fargo Construction is at preliminary stage and it is expected to be completed by September this year.

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Four cornerstones
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Four cornerstones

There was too much debris under the bridge, dry wooden logs and grass that was stuck under the bridge during the floods. No foul play here. wamisala anayatsa moto basi and we all know kuti amayatsa daily usiku pamenepa but on this day coz of wind zinatero. Fisi anakana nsatsi

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gerald

Ife timakhoma msonkho kuno ku central and north chitukuko mumapanga ku south kokha…

Chimbolo
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Big Riggers haters

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I think after getting news from APM that his votes too were rigged in Central Region, people in this area have borrowed a leaf from the Kasiya guys and decided to destroy the bridge!! Koma nde changutuuuuuuuuu However and surprisingly before the fire is extinguished RA has already said repair works are already in progress…………….. I suggest its becoz that is more Malawian area than Central region…………….. otherwise for Kasiya – Santhe Road Chakwera and his people not RA should do the repair…………….. high court ya pa Njamba inagamula choncho…………………………….. nde kodi anthu a ku Central Region wo azikhomabe mtsonkho… Read more »

Four cornerstones
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Four cornerstones

Akulu zangokuvutani. Tayambani mwina tiwonera inu kuti zikutheka

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National CEO

It’s a case of an accident and a wish of some people. Different issues