Wednesday, June 19, 2024

DMMU moves in to assist Chisokone market fire victims

Share

THE Office of the Vice President through the Disaster Management Mitigation Unit (DMMU) has moved in to help traders that lost goods in the fire that swept through part of Chisokone market in Kitwe last week.

DMMU National Coordinator Gabriel Pollen in the company of Copperbelt Minister Elisha Matambo distributed food stuffs and a K5, 000 to each of the 125 affected traders to help them restart their businesses.

And Dr. Pollen said the support given to the traders is a demonstration of President Hakainde Hichilema’s love and care to the people of Copperbelt.

He noted that the President has always responded swiftly to all disasters that happen across the country.

And Copperbelt Minister Elisha Matambo has charged that he will not allow people to bring confusion in the province by causing fires in markets.

Mr. Matambo said the New Dawn government wants traders to run their businesses freely without harassment and confusion.

He has since directed the police to expedite the investigation into the cause of the fire.

“As a Minister, l am suspicious that the fire could have been planned because the first firefighting truck that came to quench the fire was stoned and the security camera that could have shown the police how the fire started was tempered, this means that the people that stoned the firefighting truck planned to burn the entire market, to those who think they will destabilize Copperbelt, we will meet them head-on,” He charged.

The Copperbelt Minister also disclosed that over 5 million Kwacha was lost in the Chisokone market inferno.

And Chisokone Market Curio section Chairperson Mutale Kapengwe thanked the government for the support.

Mr. Kapengwe however appealed to the government to give them a secure trading place and a better empowerment initiative to enable them get back on track.

Last week a fire swept through the Chisokone Market Curio section in which over K 5 Million worth of goods were lost.

4 COMMENTS

  1. “As a Minister, l am suspicious that the fire could have been planned because the first firefighting truck that came to quench the fire was stoned and the security camera that could have shown the police how the fire started was tempered, this means that the people that stoned the firefighting truck….”
    Show us the evidence or shut your stinking mouth. During cold seasons such things are common unless you are telling us that Upnd used the same tactics when in opposition.

  2. New data show that the effects of homophobia and exclusion could be costing economies billions of dollars. In a panel discussion organized by the World Bank, participants discussed the findings of a new study that developed and tested an economic model to measure the cost of excluding sexual minorities.
    The study highlights that in India, where homosexual behaviour is criminalized and no protective legislation exists for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, it is estimated that up to 1.7% of GDP is lost in one year due to homophobia and exclusion of LGBT.

    Power to the lgbt community in zambia

  3. It has always been the duty of [ DMMU ] to respond to the victims who has been affected in any other way,thats why there is Disaster Management Mitigation Unit to help the affected area’s and victims countrywide since KK’s time and other previous government it has always been there,why should we thank individuals instead of the DMMU team,for quickly response to peoples who has been affected.
    Thanks very much to the Disaster Management Mitigation Unity term for helping people of chisonkone market in copperbelt to move in quickly and look into the matter.

  4. Who tells DMMU that each time a calamity befalls people the needs food relief. Those are businessmen and women who resides far away the burnt their business. No no no what they need is their business back. So, a K5000 is a drop in the ocean.

Comments are closed.

Read more

Local News

Discover more from Lusaka Times-Zambia's Leading Online News Site - LusakaTimes.com

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading