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.
“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.