President Edgar Lungu directs Ministers to find alternative trading place for the COMESA traders

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President Edgar Lungu talks to COMESA Secretary General Songiso Ngwenya during the tour of gutted COMESA market
President Edgar Lungu talks to COMESA Secretary General Songiso Ngwenya during the tour of gutted COMESA market

President Edgar Lungu has today visited COMESA market which was gutted by fire last night.

And the President has directed Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo to work with Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale and the Lusaka City Council to find an alternative trading place for the traders where they can operate from temporarily.

President Lungu said he is devastated with the development as it has affected many traders as well as families.

And the Head of State said he was also deeply saddened by the death of a Tanzanian female trader whose life was lost in the inferno as she was trying to rescue her merchandise.

He stated that government will do everything possible to find out what caused the inferno at the market so that such incidences could be prevented in future.

The President also noted that the fires that have gutted some markets lately is a lesson to government to ensure that markets which will be constructed are fire proof and easily accessible.

President Lungu said this would help to put off the fire in a shortest possible time in case of such incidences in future.

He noted that the fire brigade department put in a lot of efforts to put off the fire but had difficulties to have access inside the market which made the whole process take some time.

Comesa market has about 1,500 shops out of which 80% of it has been gutted by fire and by 11:00hrs today, the fire brigade department was still trying to put off the remains of the fire.

President Lungu also took time to visit the ongoing construction works at Simon Mwewa market to have first hand information on the progress of the works

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38 COMMENTS

    • Investment was done in the area of fire response than prevention.

      The old adage that Prevention is better than cure should have been focused upon at the time of considering the purchasing of the scandalous and useless Fire Tender Vehicles at a US$ 1million each. This was test at which they should have proved their worth. Alas, they have failed the real test, but someone smiled all the way to the bank at the expense of these traders.

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    • It’s hard to comprehend. There has never been fires in Zambia before.
      How come only markets are burning? Solution is what Kabanana is preaching, to remove political cadres from markets. It’s not Sampa’s Wi-Fi which will change these primitive behavior of playing with fire.

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    • That is how thieves acquire prime land from the people of Zambia.

      This relocation was planned as the suggested area has already been surveyed and cleared.

      Everything is going like clock work for Lungu. For now.

      We are at our lowest in Zambia.

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  1. there was o decent way of chasing the marketeers to pave way for a sale of the land on which the market sat. Clever crooks….. daft citizens.

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  2. Where was the $1000,000 fire tender to put out the fire in good time as well as the $288,000 ambulance to take the woman to hospital on time?

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    • Expect more fires on route to 2021 Elections especially in Lusaka and CB with Bowman in the Lusaka.

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  3. “The President also noted that the fires that have gutted some markets lately is a lesson to government to ensure that markets which will be constructed are fire proof and easily accessible” ….. Mr President, with all due respect, who have you awarded the contract to?

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  4. Just release the Soweto market fire report and we can easily make progress. If that was done maybe this one could have been avoided. Whose sitting on the Soweto fire report? Its a year and no report. #formalities

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    • Sorry about your lack of brains, my condolences to your family and anyone who has to deal with you!?

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  5. For 4 years we have been having fires and you still have not learned a thing excerpt to borrow and steal……

    The humble corrupt theif will still be touring fire disaster markets next year…

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    • “…..The humble corrupt theif will still be touring fire disaster markets next year…..”

      That is after he poses for more photo opps in gum boots when the rains come and cholera ravages Zambia again….

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  6. It’s shameful to have market yafipepala. It’s looks dirty and ugly. Try to build a Morden market now.

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  7. Here I put down the qualities of a good leader are:

    Foresightedness
    Great communication skills
    Art of influencing and motivating others
    Stimulates work
    Clear goals
    Appreciate others
    Sets examples
    Takes responsibilities
    Does right things

    Lazy Lungu LAMENTABLY FAILS in every Dept….he does not lick any box that’s why Lazy is constantly issuing orders.

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  8. My salute to his excellence on this one at least – no finger pointing across the political devide and no witch hunt – all professional. Now am so proud to be a Zambian.

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    • How can he point fingers when he knows his GRZ has seen fires gut markets for the past 4 years and he has done nothing…

      Who will he point fingers at ?

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  9. STOP FORD BLINDING PEOPLE WE KNEW THIS WILL HAPPEN. YOU’ VE JUST FULFILLED YOUR PROGRAMME,ITS A DONE DEAL ALREADY BY SO CALLED GOVERNMENT

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  10. Zambia lucks credible, fearless able people who can do what is right for the interest of its citizens. Those who can perform well are barred by the corrupt minded people. 54 years of Independence down the line we seem to be under the colonial leadership. Colonialism was far much better that time than what is happening today.

    AS LONG AS THE INSCRIPTION IN THE COURTS OF LAW ” IN THE NAME OF THE PRESIDENT” stands then we are doomed because the president is the law maker and has all the powers nor-wonder the instruments of powers are under his custodian, citizens are powerless and Judges fears to be fired by the president and that is the fact. Inshimbi, ichibumba’s leadership was more of law binding than the one we have today.

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  11. Its unfortunate people have lost their sources of lively hood and a life has been lost. Now what is the way forward? Looking at the way the strcutures where built at COMESA Market, its very difficult for a fire tender to drive through those narrow passages and effectively fight the fire. The blames lies on LCC. They allow substandard buildings erected as market places and expect good results in the long term. LCC should identify some good piece of land and build a four storey structure for traders to operate from and that will be a good source of income.Why cant LCC negotiate with the owners of that big chunk of land laying idle between Linda Turn off and Baobab College or some land next to York Farm along Kafue Road. Even in Msisi the local authority can negotiate with owners of some…

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  12. “…..President has DIRECTED Lusaka Province Minister ….to work with Local Government Minister …..and Lusaka City Council to find an alternative trading place for the traders where they can operate from temporarily…”.

    “DIRECTED?”. Sickening really. Surely we can utilise a consultative way of solving problems? Rather than “DIRECTING” we can use humble language with words like “asked”, discuss etc. It will not in anyway diminish the craved status of PRESIDENT please!! Such language suggests that the President is all knowing, his ministers are daft and cannot suggest good ideas, they are there solely to carry out orders and NOT to help the President govern. It also means that the country’s governance is exposed to possible bad decisions taken on the spur of the moment…

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  13. @19.1 jj, your biased and tribal reasoning never ceases to amaze me and the rest of bloggers. Where did I say that your tribal god h.h is better than The President? All I am doing is offer constructive, frank, unbiased advice to OUR ruling leadership, so that we get better performance. Show me in your tribal party where anyone has ever guided h.h, no wonder he is directionless and an unelected leader of upnd, no convention!!!…if that is not enough shame…..kaya…..kikikikikiki.

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  14. This looks like another trick to try to rip off more tax payers money by these scum bags .They will go for more $1m scanias or they will award themselves or friend contracts to build the market.

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  15. This looks like another trick to rip off more tax payers money by these scum bags .They will go for more $1m scanias or they will award themselves or friend contracts to build the market. Their friend will get contracts and they will go and get kick backs .

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  16. Some of you people enjoy belittling others. If you think of is God given spare others supporting different parties. We can not all start eating baboons and rats simply because you enjoy eating maggots.

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