President Edgar Lungu vowed that he will not allow lawlessness in the country. President Lungu says he is aware of a political scheme to instill fear and bring about anarchy in the country. Speaking when he toured Katambalala Market in Lusaka’s Bauleni Compound that has been gutted, President Lungu said he is convinced that the move to burn the market is politically motivated.
President Lungu says he will allow the law enforcement agencies to investigate the matters fully.
Last night the deport used by the marketeers to keep their goods in Bauleni township at Katambalala market was set ablaze, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
Police spokesperson said the incident occurred today the 23rd August, 2016 around 01:00 hours.
He said the value of the properties burnt is yet to be ascertained as owners are still reporting the values of the properties that were burnt.
He further noted that police officers visited the scene and discovered four bottles which are suspected of containing sand and petrol, affirming that all the bottles have since been picked for examination.
“in Lusaka we received a report from Miriam Mumba aged 33 years of a named house number Bauleni compound who reported that unknown persons set ablaze her grass fence and later they went to set ablaze the make shift deport used by marketers to keep their goods at Katambalala market in Bauleni compound” He said
Meanwhile, Mr. Hamoonga also revealed that seven makeshift stalls made of planks and tents were this morning burnt by unknown people around 02:00 hours along Mumbwa road opposite Nyangu filling station.
He said no goods were burnt as owners removed their merchandise from the makeshift stalls after knocking off.
“The fire was discovered by Police Officers who were patrolling the area and later alerted the fire brigade who managed to put off the fire. The value of the construction materials used is yet to be ascertained as the owners are still reporting. Investigations in the matter are ongoing” Mr. Hamoonga said