Barely two weeks after Area 18A market was gutted down by fire, vendors have blamed the Lilongwe City Council for delaying the reconstruction of the market, Malawi24 has learnt.
Gwaba also said that the council is taking time in order to ensure that the market to be built good design and quality standards.
In the meantime, Chairperson of the market Benard Gama has appealed to authorities to fast track the reconstruction work in market. Gama expressed concern that there were some people who promised that they could help the vendors soon after the fire, but no one has come along to help them.
The Area 18A market fire destroyed property over K100 million belonging to about 500 traders.
There has been a series of market fires in the country. Some quarters believe that such fires are deliberately set by greedy individuals who only want to be compensated with huge amounts of money.