A 32 year old Malawian man in Mzimba district identified as Martin Nkhata has been nabbed for burning up a house of a woman who some allege to have rejected his advances.
A villager who opted for anonymity said Nkhata has been proposing love to this woman for close to two years but his efforts have always been hitting a blank wall.
“He could follow her to the river, join her church and buy her some gifts but the woman was not interested,” said the source.
“He thought it could be very painful to see her with another man. Consequently he resolved to set her ablaze together with her house,” said the source.
Fortunately, the woman was out of the house. Villagers said she went to fetch water by that time and she heard about the arson while there.
The issue was reported to police who later traced and arrested Nyirenda on arson charges which are contrary to section 337 of penal code. The maximum penalty for the charge is life imprisonment.