One person sustained injuries as a fire destroyed property worth millions at Mazike Valley
Lodge also known as Kyambura Game lodge in Kicwamba Sub County in Rubirizi
The injured is Abasi
Kyaramara, a Boda Boda rider who tried to assist put out the fire.
The fire is
believed to have started from the nearby Queen Elizabeth National park before
spreading to the cottages on Tuesday evening.
the Rubirizi District Police commander confirms the fire saying it started from
the park, kept spreading until it burnt the hotel.
property including Kitchenware, two Cottages, the laundry among others were destroyed
by the fire.
“omuriro ogukete emu… //
Cue out: …ku
Kyaramara claims he saw one of the UWA
officers light the fire he pleaded with him but ignored his pleas.
“nyowe ndyaha naderesire…//
…banyihaho batwara omuwirwariro.”//
Kanyankole a resident says this is the third time this hotel is gutted by fire
and according to several allegation fire has always started from the National park
and is set by UWA staff.
He claims this
fire was set by the UWA staff as residents were watching.
“twashanga ngu omuriro…//
…e’hotel ogundi murundi.”//
wants UWA to allow 100 meters of land from the National park given to residents
to cultivate. He says this will prevent future fires from gutting hotels and
gardens as they will then all be responsible.
Awologa, the Manager Mazike Valley Lodges, says they were informed about the
burning by one of the park wardens called Kato.
He says they
were caught unaware since the day they were told to burn they never burnt and
fire with the help of strong winds spread so fast.
“the park warden…//
…number of things.”//
belongs to a local businessman, Robert Byakutaga and is a popular destination
for tourists because of its strategic location and ecofriendly nature. It is
separated from the park by the Kyambura gorge.
Wildlife Authority couldn't be reached for comment by the time of filing this
This is the
second hotel to be burnt by fire from the National Park in a period of seven
In July last year, fire gutted Park View hotel in Rubirizi district,
destroying it entirely.