Mchesi vendors accuse Asians of starting shop fire

Vendors plying their trade at
Mchesi market in the capital
Lilongwe have accused Asian
businessmen of being the
master-minders of the fire that
gutted down the furniture
shops on Thursday.
One of the businessmen at the
markets , Mwai Chatheka told
Malawi24 that this comes as the
Asians had a party whereby fire
crackers were used in the course
of the celebrations.
Razed down; Property at the
furniture shops
According to Chatheka, the fire
crackers overflew to the market
areas where the inferno got to all
the furniture and razed them
down to ashes.
“We don’t need any additional
evidence, the issue here is that
the fire crackers they used
caused the shop fire, period.”
said Chatheka.
But in reacting to the accusation
Chairperson of the Asian
Business Community in Lilongwe,
one identified as Kalaria felt the
accusations were unsound
adding that the inferno had
totally nothing to do with their
“ The party we had saw fire
crackers being used but am
afraid the said shop fire did not
arise from the fire crackers we
As we went to press, the law
enforces were yet to come up
with a full report on the fire.
Of late, Malawi has had several
fire accidents at public places like
markets and notable warehouse.
Earlier this year fire gutted down
the Mzuzu Market and over a
month ago, Tsoka market in
Lilongwe, the Malawi National
Examination Board (MANEB)
warehouse in Zomba were all
gutted down.
This forced President Peter
Mutharika to institute a six-
member Ministerial Committee
whose findings revealed that
property estimated at K1.26
billion was lost in the fires which
gutted the Mzuzu Central and
Lilongwe Tsoka Markets.


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