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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ANGRY.
Guest

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.

ANGRY.
Guest

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.

Kenkkk
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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… Read more »
che muyaya
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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

Abdul razak muhammed karim
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Abdul razak muhammed karim

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

concerned
Guest

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.

mfiti mayaya
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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.

Stampycious
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Kodi chifukwa chani DPP imasungira zianthu zonyansa nkhope?

titus
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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

Stampycious
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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

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