Malawi Government has presented K2.6 million to businesspeople at area 18 Market in Lilongwe as a compasation after they lost their merchandise to a fire that gutted the market on September 17.
The fire at Area 18 was one of several to hit markets this year, including a blaze at Mzuzu main market.
Speaking after presenting the money, minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa said that President Peter Mutharika released the money as a condolence to the vendors.
According to Nankhumwa, they decided to assist the vendors with the money to help them in terms of capital.
“For Area 18 we have left K2.6 million considering the number of vendors,” he said.
He also disclosed that Lilongwe City Council will provide building materials to be used in the reconstruction of the market.
A week ago, government gave K13.5 million to vendors at Vigwagwa Market in Mzimba as consolation for losing goods to a fire that gutted the market.