The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) and other government agencies will promptly assess the extent of the damage at Chisokone market following the inferno which left goods worth millions of Kwacha destroyed, authorities have said.
Chisokone, Kitwe District’s largest Market was on Tuesday night engulfed by fire leading to the destruction of goods.
Information and Media Minister, Chushi Kasanda, in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said DMMU would provide the necessary interventions to support and assist the affected traders in rebuilding their businesses and lives.
Kasanda said government was saddened that within a short period, Chisokone market had been struck by the same unfortunate fate of fire, causing untold suffering to many hardworking traders.
She said the loss experienced by the traders also impacts their families and communities.
“Government stands in solidarity with the affected traders during this challenging time and assures them that they are not alone in this difficult situation,” Kasanda said.
She said government recognised the significance of Chisokone market and its role in the economic life of the community in Kitwe.
Kasanda assured the affected traders that government was fully committed to supporting and assisting them in their time of need.
“Further, government will also work closely with market authorities to implement necessary safety measures to mitigate the risk of such incidents,” she said.
Kasanda urged all marketers at the gutted market and those in other markets across the country to exercise extra caution and adhere to strict safety measures while conducting their trade.
She said vigilance and adherence to safety protocols were vital to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
“Government urges the nation to remain united and assist to rebuild and restore the vibrant spirit of Chisokone market,” Kasanda said.
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