Govt encourages fire proof market construction

Government says it is no encouraging construction of fire proof markets following fires that have gutted down a dozen markets in the past months.

Flashback: Residents witnessing destruction that fire had caused at  Mzuzu Market

Flashback: Residents witnessing destruction that fire had caused at Mzuzu Market


Nankhumwa: Fire proof market

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said Thursday in parliament the market fires remain a concern to the government, saying they affect the economic development of the country.

“The ministry is encouraging the construction of fire proof markets,” said Nankhumwa.

In the past months, fire has razed down these markets, Salima, Area 18 in Lilongwe, Mwanza, Kasungu and Mzuzu among others.

Nankhumwa said the ministry has discovered that some of the markets razed down by fire were constructed with plywood and cardboards which are highly inflammable.

Nankhumwa did not however say how much has been lost in the fires and how many people have been arrested for deliberately starting the fires to get compensation.

The minister however said fire proof markets would attract insurance brokers who would be interested to insure market merchandise.

He said getting insurance cover for market merchandise minimises losses in the event of another fire.

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Under T
10 months 27 days ago

Don’t make stories pls Mr Nankhumwa and ur Boss Mr Bwampini jst build new markets that’s all

10 months 27 days ago

Who is going to build the markets?

10 months 28 days ago

low building standards have become acceptable by all, no wonder fires.