Fire has swept through Siyale village in Senanga district in Western Province destroying about 20 grass thatched houses.

ZANIS Reports that nine families have been left homeless after their houses were burnt to ashes around 11:30 hours on September 21, 2018, by fire which started from one grass thatched house and later spread to other houses.

It is believed that a nine year old girl was left at the house of one of the victims, Muyoyo Silumesi, to prepare food and while she went to fetch water a whirlwind started, igniting the fire in the grass thatched kitchen and setting the entire village ablaze.

Mr Silumesi narrated that at the time the incident occurred, the elderly members of the community were away in their respective farming fields, adding that no life was lost in the inferno.

The nine families that have been affected include twelve guardians and 35 children and are since sleeping in temporal grass structures.

The District Disaster Management and Mitigation Team (DMMU) visited the affected village and found all the houses burnt to ashes and no property was retrieved from the fire.

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  1. people are still living in thatched houses in a country that is rich with resources and where the ruling party misappropriates millions of dollars meant for the very poor in our society. When we tell you let us rise up and hold these thugs accountable, you claim that we are a greedy bunch who are only in it for our selves. Well ladies and gentlemen these are the consequences of allowing illiterate thieves to rule you. In other african countries like even zimbabwe people stood up for what was right and got rid of the worser devil. Meanwhile in zambia it is business asusual. suffering is now in the DNA

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    • …..the grass thatched huts were probablly torched in oder to make space for the foreigners to occupy land

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    • You are pathetic. They live in the middle of teak forests yet they opt for thatch. Is the state to blame for their choice of thatch rather than teak to make houses? The Chinese and Bazungu harvesting the timber live in nice log cabins which these same people build for them. Hopefully, the exposure of that to the villagers will soon inspire them to build the same houses they do for their employers and resource exploiters.

      In Sinazongwe, the villagers have started to burn clay bricks to build lasting houses from waste coal of Collum mines whose owners your likes condemn.

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    • People are still living on ANIMO FARM in spite of stealing millions from the country and taking it to Panama.

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  2. Most villages in Barotseland are built using reeds because of sand. It’s difficult to erect adobe structures on sand. These people deserve a fire extinguisher per household. It’s good that no life was lost, I hope their food granaries are also safe. Large tracts of land have been left bare because mukula trees have been harvested and the locals haven’t benefited anything, their money is building lodges and mansions in Lusaka. Only God will redeem their suffering.

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  3. Its GOOD THE FIRE ONLY DESTROYED 20 HOUSES WHICH IS UNSIGNIFICANT NUMBER WELL DONE FOR SPARING LIFE, ELDERS NEED TO LEAVE SOMEONE IN THE VILLAGE WHEN THEY GO FARMING, I HOPE ITS NOT RAINING FOR PIPO TO BE IN COLD,,LOZI’S ARE GOOD AND INTELLIGENT PIPO I LOVE THEM

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