Mzuzu market fire sparks controversy

Mzuzu Market Fire

Arguments have emerged among vendors over the cause of fire that razed down Mzuzu market in the dusk hours of Wednesday in Malawi northern region city.

While some suggests it would be due to electricity fault some concludes that fellow traders had a hand in the same.

In a random interview with this publication on Thursday some vendors who have lost their properties to the fire doubted the possibility of an electric fault as a cause of the inferno. To them some vendors who have lost capital for their businesses deliberately set up the accident.

George Manda who has lost his electronics shop to the fire expressed anger at his fellow vendors he suspects to be behind the same. To him the behavior is a set back to development citing many people must not be suffering for the sin committed by one individual.

Mzuzu Market Fire
Remains after fire razed down the market.

“When they feel that they will not manage to settle their loans, they deliberately do this so that FINCA Malawi must forgive them, it’s not fair. Some of us do not depend on loans and we import things from South Africa, so we lose a lot in such scenarios,” complained Manda.

Ruben Lungu just like a certain group of traders echoed the same citing with such evil spirits in people, fire accidents may live on in the country. Lungu suspected that people behind such malpractices are Satanists who does not care about their colleagues.

“How can a Christian be such heartless? Why can’t they just ask for help if they feel that they will fail to settle their loans? It’s satanic to subject all of us to such losses,” fumed Lungu.

On the other hand some traders suspect that the cause may be due to an electronic fault that has been at the market for a month now. To them they have been reporting to ESCOM about the fault for some time but to no avail.

Merry Mkandawire who runs a restaurant inside the market claimed that the fire came from that fault thus ESCOM is to blame.

“Electrical fault has caused this accident. I remember days ago the report on the same was reported to ESCOM but they didn’t come to rectify the problem. They are behind the inferno and they must pay for it,” said Mkandawire.

Many varying views have been spoken by these seemingly desperate vendors who told our reporter that they do not have hope for their businesses.

However before publishing this article the actual fatalities which have been caused by the fire were yet to be established as the police promised to investigate on the same.



  1. Ku Malawi ndale zoputsa nde kuotcha mitsika avutike ndi Pitala ngati zopepera kubwedzera chitukuko m’mbuyo anthu oputsa mwapanga bwanji!!

  2. Kodi adatentha office ya mec ku ll sanagwidwebe? Nkutheka kuti ndi omwewo akutenthanso misika mdziko muno. Pajatu muvi woyang’anira suchedwa kulowa mmaso.

  3. wen court ruled that votes be recounted in one constituency in LL, some top brass of dpp were seen movin around mec ofice later fire razed the votes n it is stil razing abcd time to research

  4. we shall be talking ,but if we go into war like our friends in Mozambique all this nosense will end.We can not be country where war is not known.nkhondo Imadzamanganso mudzi anthu nkukhala ozindikira kuwawa koma peleka ma udindo kwa Mbava.Ndikuti munamvapo kuti mbava zimakhala ndi chisoni ndi anthu?.PM ndi mbava and mbava yake yoopsa.

  5. its vendors doing tht shit to get chances from the goverment shame your just westng your time that thing will wont help you thiefs start gettng chance by burnng the market which is nonses

  6. Phephani mose imwe mulikutaya katundu pangozi iyi! palije uyo wangiza pakwelu kuti ndiyo wakabusya moto kweni wakujimanya! Wajisande!! kubenge kwakale ngatatenge myoto yose iyi njaufwiti kweni si bakuti ufwiti kulije? Chiwuta wakumanya uneneso!

  7. azanga kondi ndisatana kapena matsiku osiliza cifukwa motou wango zungurila maliwi yonse kapena mw wachimwa kapena ndi utsogoleri kp ndi democracy kapena ufulu nanga ku maiko kwina zili bwinji hhhh mw ukupita kuti?

    1. mmmmhhhuuuu nkhani yamoto ndiyovuta,,,,,idont kno y anthu akugwilisa molaakwika chonnchii kuno tinaluza may ndi ana awiri frm tcholo atapsera mnyumba

  8. Root cause of fires:Put polics and Kabwira aside.If APM fails to govern Malawi its sheer his incapable.Someone pointed out that if he failed to ran a ministry,what about a country?.Kabwila will always support his APM because he is like a tree planted along a flowing river around the year.We just sympathise with our brothers and sisters on the fire damage,lets look forward to God.

    1. My Friend No Politics. Markets Accomodate Any Jim Or Jack. Its Igonorance, Among Traders Who Trade In Markets. Always Market Catches Fire After Working Hours.

  9. m’malo motanganidwa kuwathandiza abale amene zawavutawa, uva akuti eee pulezident atulepasi udindo.ndichani zimenezo!! olo atatula pansi udindo then ndikubwela emwe mufunayo palibe chingasithe Dzikoli satana walizinga.tiyeni tingomvesesana tiziyesesa kukozaso zithu zikavuta chochii.pepani kwa nonse mwakhuzidwa ndi ngoziyi.

  10. Let’s learn to be realistic those who resides in Mzuzu may be my witnesses coz by the time the fire started, the whole area including Lubinga was experiencing loadshedding so take the blame out of Escom

  11. Mavendor ayamba liti zofufuza?? Mmensa awalekere eni ntchito ya zofufuzawo osati kumangolozana dzala pa zifukwa zosiyana zokhumba ndi ma udani pakati pao

    1. #Peter you are jus an empty tin..i think Mr Redson mukudziwapo kanthu nanga bwanji mwatchula otsutsa apa? zikugwirizana bwanji? i totally agree with Mr Kalima. To tarnish DPP’s image? which image? the already destroyed image that you cannot even recognise it? image yaphwanyika kale nd Pitala plus his followers

    2. mphtso u say peter is empty thing u 2 ur like an eagle without knowing where its going. if u hate current gvt u will suffer forever more over I don’t shaken with any speechless

      1. mw is full of blind people, always waiting for handouts, and itching to go out with tv crews to splash handouts. with this in mind fires will not end.

  12. chikufunika apa ndikupemphela mchowonadi wakula apa ndi usatanic.GOD BLS MALAWI.

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