Nankhumwa fires warning shots on market ‘arsonists’

Minister of local government Kondwani Nankhumwa has sternly warned government would prosecute any market arsonist.

Nankhumwa: Warning

Nankhumwa: Warning

The warning follows a series of market fires in the country, the recent in Mzuzu where the market was gutted down a few days ago.

In an interview, Nankhumwa said some of the market fires are suspicious and suggested may have been deliberately started by arsonists whose motive the government is yet to establish .

“We will be investigating these fires and culprits would be prosecuted,” said Nankhumwa who has himself been visiting some of the gutted markets which also include the Area 18 market in Lilongwe.

Some people believe the fires are deliberately started by opportunists seeking government ‘compensation’ to prop up their dwindling businesses.

Government has been giving out huge sums of money to traders whose merchandise have burnt to ashes in such fires.

But Nankhumwa said it is high time such fires are investigated and arsonists prosecuted before the ‘compensation’ issue is tabled to avoid a repeat in future.

Some fires are accidently started by Escom electricity power and in such circumstances, the power house takes responsibility of compensation.

The government already paid out millions of kwachas when Mzimba market was aso gutted down by fire a few months ago.

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28 thoughts on “Nankhumwa fires warning shots on market ‘arsonists’”

  1. ANGRY. says:

    No. 21, we want to see your face so that we compare with this above handsome face above. May be it’s you who is ugly not this Minister as he was created in God’s image.

  2. ANGRY. says:

    No. 21 be careful. What do you mean when saying this man is ugly? We were all created in God’s image, you are just fooling yourself. Put yourself into his shoes. Sometimes our negative comments can bring cases upon our lives.

  3. Kenkkk says:

    Transparency and accountability are needed from the govt on the money it is paying the vendors as compensation. Which ministry pays this money? How much has so far been spent on compensations, how much to each vendor and who are these receivers of our money? We want names to be provided to the public otherwise it is possible that all this compensation money is actually going to dpp gurus and friends who are benefitting. Hence the deliberate starting of fires by dpp in order to get more monry front the govt to enrich themselves.

    This dpp govt is not serious on fires because it is the biggest beneficiary from govt compensations.

    Also this dpp govt want to make us believe or want to brainwash us that these fires are a normal occurrence so that in 2019 when they burn ballot boxes we shouldn’t be surprised.

    Please stop these fires, stop the compensations and what had happened to the commission looking into these fires?

  4. che muyaya says:

    Until today I am yet to know what Dausi and friends do in NIB. No wonder Mec warehouse issue is a thing of the past

  5. Abdul razak muhammed karim says:

    What arsonists? markets are overcrowded and full of illegal power connections nde u think moto sungabuke? ma wire amangopatsriana from shop to shop

  6. concerned says:

    Yes, government needs to intervien it’s becoming too much. People are taking this government for granted instead of development. True Mr. Minister these people needs to be brought to book.

  7. mfiti mayaya says:

    Are these so called compensations constitutional? I urge government NOT to indulge in that risky business of issuing free monies. Simuzithatu izi. Govt should rather stick to enforcement of policies of standard construction and not to distribution of handouts to arsonists.

  8. Stampycious says:

    Kodi chifukwa chani DPP imasungira zianthu zonyansa nkhope?

  9. titus says:

    This is a big lie my nankhumwa… Ave been one of the victim wa Moto for three times koma ave never received an tambala from the government… Nde ndalama zimene mukupereka inu ndi zitizo? As a vendor chimene ndikupempha ku boma ndichakuti atimangire misika ya makono osati ya matabwa and if the government can’t manage then atiuze if ma vendor timange tokha timashop tathu ta njerwa kuti katundu wathu akhale otchinjirizidwa

  10. Stampycious says:

    DPP PLZ DNT PLAY HIDE & SEEK GAMES U TRAINED YOUR PEOPLE HOW TO BURN DOWN THE VOTES AND IT WAS PERFECTLY DONE AND NOW THEY ARE PRACTICING TO BURN DOWN THE MARKETS ASSISTED BY CHIEF WHIP DAUSI, SO WHY ARE U CRYING? U SHOULD COMPERSATE THE TRADERS PLZ

  11. chimphax says:

    even another Mzimba market burnt on nights of mothers day after Mzuzu market ,what really is happenning?

  12. Curious Cat says:

    Why was MEC fire not investigated?Just because it was to your advantage?

  13. Joy Mtika says:

    Why is the president so quiet that he cannot even utter one word against these arsons. Where is Dausi as a chief NIB officer to investigate these scenariors. They know something.

  14. AFIKI says:

    OH !!! I DID NOT KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT COMPENSATES VENDORS WHEN THE MARKETS ARE BURNT TO PROP UP THEIR DWINDLING BUSINESSES .
    NOW THAT YOU HAVE LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG , INENSO ‘ NDIKAWOTCHA YANGA

  15. Analyst says:

    So all this time you were not investigating? Any fire outbreak has to investigated regardless of frequency. But before you start with this one, start with the fire that gutted MEC warehouse. lol. But at least Nankhumwa is back to his senses kusiyankha ndi ku information anali kuja. Somehow panopa akupangako reason pang’ono when uttering words than before. By the way, why was government giving out compensation? Has the government turned out to be an insurer? Pajadi tinazolowera ma handout. Well, musova

  16. Few good men says:

    Take a survey. Misika imapsa kwambiri DPP ikalowa mboma chifukwa chuma chimavuta. Akupephera kubweza FINCA angoti bola kuotcha msika.

  17. MaKopa says:

    Shaaaaaaaaaaaa Daudimania fire burning everywhere

  18. dagobert says:

    What promises are this now from the minister? Did we hear this not already one year ago when the president appointed a commission to look into this? Nothing, only sound an smoke! Where are our authorities, city council and police to protect and prevent such incidences? To late to week, to hopeless,
    no appropriate strategy in place?!?

  19. mtate mike rsa says:

    Finye iwe umangomva boma eti mayesa mulindi nib with nicolusdaus as head u burn the votes and now u cry for wat nkhope ngati chokupha anthu

  20. Peter27 says:

    You started paying your thugs to burn vote counting centres. Now that they are continuing with your tactics without you consent you are getting agigated? Like really?

  21. mfana wa ma plain says:

    amalawi always doing things backwards. if my house, which isn’t insured for fire by the way, was to burn down to the ground, would the government pay me? what about my uninsured bicycle, ngolo, mbale, spoons, forks and knives? what happens when my cat dies? should i try my luck for a handout? you are tempting me now.

  22. mixed reaction says:

    I think Nakhumwa is right that he can catch those Culprits’ because they are the same people you were using whilst DPP was in opposition. I’m sure you remember them

  23. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Who do u want to fool? Mesa they are your fellow gangsters from DPP? Tatopaa ndikunamizidwa wamva Nankhumwa. Why is it that FIRE breakages is always rampant during DPP ERA??

  24. ... says:

    Chipani ichi nthawi zonse chimakhudzidwa ndi moto maka maka towards ma demos. Kaya chifukwa chiyani kaya?

  25. Paja umakhala ndi ma cctv tulutsatu… Ngati umaziwa annthu amene anapha akulu aja awaso ndikhulupilila ukuwaziwa!! Imeneyi ndie Reform kkkkkkkk

  26. CHINJOKA says:

    Ndinomwenu bwanji nthawi ya zipani zinazi sizichika bwanji.

  27. Mmaso mothinamo! Wadya iwe,nanga bwanji ukunyambitila, wadya iwe, nanga wadya ndani zimene zizi, nanga wadya ndani kumene kuku

  28. Kenkkk says:

    Why is the govt paying them compensations? Please stop this nonsense because it is what is encouraging fires. If you stop they will stop except for genuine accidents.

    They should have insurance and get compensation from insurance companies. Premiums will rocket and they will then also stop deliberate fires. Even the market itself should be insured.

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