Marketers at Rufunsa Market in Rufunsa district woke up to a rude shock when they found their makeshift market gutted to ashes this morning.
Rufunsa Council Chairman, Bartholomew Kalambalala and Council Secretary, Bwanga Kapumpa who rushed to the scene this morning, condemned the act and called on the residents to help identify any suspects.
Mr. Kalambalala said it was sad that the burning of public institutions has now extended to rural areas and said people should desist from destroying public property as government was committed to improving the livelihood of its people.
He said destroying public property retards developmental progress and this should come to an end as it affects a lot of people.
The Council Chairman however assured the marketers that the authority will in the next two weeks put up a permanent structure for them to conduct business.
The fire which is suspected to have started in the early mornings of today has gutted the makeshift market to ashes forcing the marketers to operate in the cold.
Meanwhile Rufunsa District Commissioner, Judith Chama has expressed sadness over the burning of the market as it was the source of income for most women in the district.
Speaking in a telephone interview with ZANIS, Mrs. Chama said it was unfortunate that some people have started destroying public property and called on the police to investigate the cause of the fire and bring the perpetrators to book.