First rains wreak havoc in Lilongwe


Strong winds which accompanied rains that Lilongwe received yesterday caused damages to buildings and vehicles.

At a car park along Paul branches fell on some cars parked there, causing extensive damages

Roofs of three cells and administration and school blocks were blown off. Eight prisoners and another person were injured.


The injured prisoners were rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital for medical attention.

According to Maula Prison Officer-in-Charge, Assistant Commissioner, Raphael Mshali, despite the destruction, security was still tight at the facility.

“We are going to handle the situation. Officers are here, we will still be here. But there is need for urgent attention,” he said.


Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Grace Chiumia, rushed to the prison to see the extent of the damage.

She said the ministry will liaise with other departments including Department of Disaster Management Affairs for assistance. She, however, assured the prison’s management that the buildings will be rehabilitated.

“As it is now, we are very much worried. We would like to work hard. We would like to speed up the work. We are going to contact our sister department and other well-wishers so that we are able to work together. We want to restore everything by the end of the day tomorrow [Friday],” Chiumia said.

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