One Injured as Fire Guts Mazike Valley Lodge in Rubirizi District

The fire is believed to have started from the nearby Queen Elizabeth National park before spreading to the cottages On Tuesday Evening, destroying property worth millions
The remains f the burnt laundry

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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 district.

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.

Sam Suubi, the Rubirizi District Police commander confirms the fire saying it started from the park, kept spreading until it burnt the hotel.

He says property including Kitchenware, two Cottages, the laundry among others were destroyed by the fire.

//Cue in: “omuriro ogukete emu… //

Cue out: …ku hotels zabwe.”//

Kyaramara claims he saw one of the UWA officers light the fire he pleaded with him but ignored his pleas.

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Cue out: …banyihaho batwara omuwirwariro.”//

Saidi 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.

//Cue in: “twashanga ngu omuriro…//

Cue out: …e’hotel ogundi murundi.”//

Kanyankole, 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. 

Dickens 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.

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Cue out: …number of things.”//

The lodge 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.

Uganda Wildlife Authority couldn't be reached for comment by the time of filing this story.

This is the second hotel to be burnt by fire from the National Park in a period of seven months. 

In July last year, fire gutted Park View hotel in Rubirizi district, destroying it entirely. 

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