Zambia Police Service Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja has revealed that electric fault or accident has been ruled out in the fire that burned down Lusaka City market.
Speaking to the media in Lusaka when he updated the nation on the on going investigation that has left thousands of traders in despair, police Inspector General Kakoma Kangaja said joint investigations carried out by a team of officers from the Fire Brigade, Zambia Police and ZESCO have revealed that the fire at Lusaka City Market was caused by people with ill intentions.
Mr. Kanganja further said that the issue of electric fault or the possibility of an accident has been ruled out because the stand were the fire started from has had no electricity supply for many days.
“The cause of fire is a deliberate ignition. We eliminate the possibility of electrical fault as the stand were the inferno started (stand 238) had no power on the day and days before,” Mr Kangaja said.
The Police Chief also announced the arrest of more than 11 suspected Arsonists in connection with the burning of City Market, adding that investigations in the matter have advanced and that the perpetrators will soon appear in court.
Mr. Kanganja has since directed all Provincial Police Commissioners to ensure there is increased police presence in all vulnerable points and warned criminals behind the destruction of public property that their days are numbered and that the law will soon catch up with them.
Meanwhile Mr. Kanganja said police have no reason to fail the people of Zambia now that they have been given more powers following the invocation of Article 31 by President Edgar Lungu. He said police will now be able to carry out investigations in a very efficient and conclusive manner.
Mr. Kanganja said during this period, police will regulate and prohibit publications and dissemination of matters that are pre-judicial to public safety. He said those who are in a habit of spreading information that threatens National security will be visited by the law.
Mr. Kanganja emphasized that the country is not under a state of emergency and people should continue going about their business.