A FIFTY seven (57) year old Livingstone mentally disturbed person has allegedly burnt some stands at Green Market in Zambia’s Tourist Capital.
Southern Province Commissioner of Police Godwin Phiri said yesterday that Mr Sikota, 57, who appears not to be of sound mind, set fire on some stands at Green Market in Livingstone on Tuesday morning.
Mr Phiri said the suspected arsonist, who had sores all over his body, had since been arrested.
“John Lufunda aged 73 of House Number C237 of Ngwenya in Livingstone reported that yesterday about 00:45 hours that Ken Sikota aged 57 also of Ngwenya set fire on some stands at Green Market.
“Total values of properties and goods burnt in the inferno is not yet ascertained. Suspect is in police custody and appears not to be of sound mind with sores all over his body,” he said.
Mr Phiri said the security guard of the same market saw the suspect under the market stand almost being burnt by fire as well.
And a Times of Zambia reporter, who rushed to the market yesterday, found the affected marketeers picking up of what had remained of their products from the rubble.
Newly elected United Party for National Development (UPND) Akapelwa ward councilor Margaret Mutale described the incident as unfortunate and called on perpetrators to be brought to book.
Ms Mutale called on the marketeers to be calm as an amicable solution was being sort for and emphasised the need for well wishers to come to the aid of the marketeers.
Green market cooperative chairperson Shadreck Kabika said the incident was very shocking and called for an emergency market board meeting to discuss means and ways of how the affected marketeers would be assisted.
Stella Hanyinda, one of the affected marketeers who couldn’t hold her tears after the unfortunate incident, said all her goods were destroyed in the infernal.
Ms Hanyinda said she had no other means of survival and called for immediate help from well wishers.
Another marketeer Mbozi Kokwe complained that the loss she had suffered would make her life miserable as she was the only breadwinner in the family who was responsible for paying school fees for her siblings.