UTM office inferno claims two lives

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Grief has engulfed the people of Lilongwe following the death of Ayiles Tambala, the woman who was seriously burnt as she showed rare boldness in plucking her five children from a raging fire that trapped her six-member family in a midnight petrol bomb attack on a UTM office in Lilongwe on Monday night.

According to UTM District Governor Livani Phiri, Tambala has died from her burns early this Thursday.

“I am sorry to announce the shocking double grief in our community. Mai (Mrs) Tambala died a short while ago. This means she has followed her son Shukran, whom we were planning to bury later today after he died late yesterday afternoon,” announced Phiri as quoted in the Nation.

Phiri was among community leaders in Area 24 who were holding a night vigil hours before a planned burial of Shukran this Thursday.

“We are heart-broken and very confused, now that we have two bodies in the same family on our hands. We will have to consult on how the burials will be handled,” Phiri lamented.

Ayiles died from the Kamuzu Central Hospital High Dependence Unit, where she and her husband Seleman were admitted to after the arson attack by suspected DPP thugs targeting UTM.

Meanwhile, the international community has called upon all political actors in the country to unite and exercise restraint.

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