Kasama’s biggest Market gutted

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MarketFire has swept through Kasama’s biggest Buseko Market, destroying properties worth thousands of Kwacha.

A check by ZANIS this morning found onlookers trying to catch a glimpse of the gutted properties.

One of the affected traders, Peter Simwanza, 35, told ZANIS reporters that the cause of the fire is not yet established but believed it started around 03:00 hours.

Mr Simwanza lamented that the inferno has left him with nothing as all the merchandise in his hardware shop and a kitchenware have been burnt to ashes.

And Clious Mutambo, 33, said he is equally left with nothing because all his capital has been burnt in the inferno.

He has since appealed to government and other well-wishers to help the affected traders with start-up capitals.

Mr Mutambo also called on the police to thoroughly investigate the matter in order to establish the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, quick action by a combined team of fire fighters from the council and airport saved the fire from spreading to other shops at the market.

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15 COMMENTS

    • Marketeers should think about insuring their goods with the rate that these markets catch fire. Too bad

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    • THESE ARE THE EVIL ACTIONS OF PF. ZAMBIA HAS GONE TO DOGS THRU PF AND LUNGU. WE NEED TO REDEEM OURSELVES BY VOTING FOR A CHANGE THIS AUGUST. VOTE FOR COOL LEADERS. VOTE FOR HH AND THE UPND TEAM. VIVA HH VIVA! VIVA ZAMBIA FORWARD VIVA!

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  1. Fire fire frm GBM miller to Kasamamart.. This isa witch hunting.. GBM hauled from Kasama.

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  2. LUNGU HAS INFLICTED UNTOLD PAIN IN THE HEARTS AND LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE. CHECK THE BRUTALITY PERPETRATED BY LUNGU AND HIS MINIONS. TRUTH HURTS! LUNGU IS DEEPLY HURT BY THE RIGGING SCANDAL TRUTH REVEALED BY POST NEWSPAPER LUNGU’S SPINELESS KAMPYONGO AND MALUPENGA HAVE INDEED BEEN ASSIGNED TO UNDERTAKE THE HALLMARK OF THE RIGGING SCHEMES DEVISED BY LUNGU FOR THIS YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS. LUNGU AND PF IN GENERAL DESERVE TO BE DISQUALIFIED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS. LUNGU IS EVIL-MINDED. HIS PREOCCUPATION IS TO WIN THESE ELECTIONS BY HOOK AND CROOK. LET US GET UNITED AS ZAMBIANS AND REJECT LUNGU AND PF. THE CRACKDOWN ON POST NEWSPAPER IS FOR THEIR EVIL SCHEMES NOT TO BE UNCOVERED.

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  3. PF HAS GUTTED THIS MARKET SO THAT ECL CAN GO THERE AND DISH OUT MILLIONS TO HOODWINK MARKETEERS THAT HE CARES FOR THEM.. ITS A POLITICAL PLOY.

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  4. When fires start then know something is wrong.How many shops,markets,restaurants and other bussiness places have been burnt within this campaign period?
    I smell a fish here

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  5. @Nubian Princess:::you are talking of insurance in a Zambian traditional market.Before i advise you,go and tell the marketeers this message and see if u will back with all yo teeth in yo mouth.In the first place Nubian,how do you insure kapenta,beans or fish that hasnt been selling for month & half.Are you insane?Or maybe you were just born in Zambia and grew up in America,where they insure even a household teaspoon.Stop imagining things,visit home & see how your PF has destroyed people’s lives.

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    • The only way I can think of would be to insure the entire market as one entity where by marketeers pay the premiums to the landlord and the landlord pays the insurance company. Just a thought.

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  6. I did not think it was political when I heard it from my aunt who is a trader there. But reading the UPND comments here on LT reveals it all: the hand of UPND. This party strategy seems to be create riots and fire and point the finger at PF. How evil! You are dealing with peoples lives please. I hear that despite GBM Kasama has remained staunchly, visibly and stubbornly PF and this has not gone down well with GBM
    and his image to HH.

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