Govt gives K20m compensation to market fire victims

Kondwani Nankhumwa

The Malawi government through the ministry of local government and rural development has given about MK20 million to vendors who lost their goods in a fire that gutted down Mzuzu and Mzimba main markets.

Presenting the compensation, minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa said government was saddened by the market fires that came almost simultaneously in the two markets.

Kondwani Nankhumwa
Nankhumwa: We’re very saddened

“We were very saddened at learning that these two markets were consumed by fire almost simultaneously. We realized that the tragedy meant something negative not only to vendors but even to our economy because these vendors contribute much to the economic stability of our country,” said Nankhumwa.

He therefore promised that government will investigate the causes of market fires so that such tragedies should never recur.

About 200 vendors at Mzuzu market were affected by the fire and government has given them K7 million.

As for those at Mzimba Matabwa market, they have received about 13 million Kwacha to be shared among 437 vendors who also lost their goods in the fire.

Commenting on the donation, vendors from both markets hailed government for coming in to help at a time most vendors lost their capital.

They further asked well-wishers to follow suit so that most vendors can resume their businesses.



  1. So yo mean 20 million can help? Do you know how many shops were burned and how much money zinaonongeka only at mzuzu? So you said mzuzu and mzimba 20 million

  2. kodi iwe munthu ochedwa chitimbaboi ndi hazwel umafuna kuti boma lipange chani ukamati boma ndilolephera ukutathauzs chani ndiwenso Hazwel ukuti ist too let umafuna awapatse liti ndalamazo?ichotu ndichipukuta misozi osati akuwalipila ai zilindi boma or osawapatsa ai kanthu chifukwa boma lilindizovuta zambiri zoti achite zomwe zidaonongeka kale icho ndie mudziwa inu anthu

  3. So it means each vendor received 25,000-35,000? What can they do with this little amount?
    Kapena it will be shared among DPP sympathizers otherwise it does not make sense.

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