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