Lilongwe City Council under fire over market inferno

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Malawi government through the ministry of local government and rural development has expressed dismay over the delay by Lilongwe City Council to put out the fire that gutted the city’s main market in the wee hours of Friday.

Lilongwe market fire.

Property lost through the fire.

The council is reported to have sent firefighters at the market sometime after the fire had started, a development that is said to have worsened the damage of property.

The firefighters were also seen to have lacked fuel that was supposed to be used for travelling to refill water tanks in firefighting vehicles.

Vendors at the market later turned violent towards the firefighting team as they began stoning the vehicle the firefighters were using to extinguish the fire.

Reacting on the matter, minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa said the council has ‘insulted’ the vendors who have lost millions worth of property due to the negligence.

Nankhumwa has since confirmed that government is to fire top officials at the council for not being serious with duties of protecting vendors’ property.

Over four thousand vendors have lost property in the fire that gutted the market. Meanwhile authorities are yet to disclose the cause of the fire.

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  1. Pepani ma vendor azanga mulungu akumva kulila kwanu sangakusiyeni choncho achitapo kathu chachikulu limbikilani kupephela

  2. This is serious issue lets talk zithu zimene abale zingawathandize chifukwa azathu awononga chuma chawo mabanja awo apezamavuto chifukwa malo ndi katundu wawo zaonongeka.

  3. Poor planning of our structure in our town,no fire laws in nyasaland,only civil aviation contain fire fighting school,city fire brigade only contain pump with 1500lrs as a maximum water capacity,no pressurise source waters,kumangotola odula matikiti musika,old pump and only wait for donations,wake up Malawi!!

  4. Koma a city. Apange plan ina. Msika wa Lilongwe. Unali wa umve heav. Chabwino panalibe. Ku fish kuja. Nyasi zokha zokha. We want new plan and new market.

  5. Mbuyomo munali miseu misika muja pezani malo wokwanira kuti wogulitsa asamathinane nanga utayambira pakati mwamsika moto galimoto ingafike?apezereni malo wochuluka kuti izi zisazachitikenso

  6. Sorry for the lost of property but i think this is the iportunity for the government to construct a new market because this market we have is not good to be inside the city and a capital city for that matter. The market is so dirty and no plan no toilets what kind of a market is that ?

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  10. Tough measures must be taken nkhani za moto tatopa nazo ngati sitingagwilane manja vutoli silitha moto suleletseka koma pamafunika awonetse luso lawo amatolela ndalama zambiri sangalephele kubweletsa olo 5 liters ya Madzi kudzangoyeselela ndakwiya nawo ndipepani angapeleke kwa anthu onse aja komaso katundu yese aluza anthu

  11. Zagwa zatha basi inu a city council thamangani ndi ma plan atsopano mu msika wa Lilongwe athu asanayambe kumangaso mbwerera.Muyike zozimitsira moto ndi njira zabwino komaso zowongoka osati tidzamveso dzina lina loti kumpanipani.

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  13. #Gorge .your comment hs shown that u are a graduated person .anthu ena akungokamba zoti ziwasangalatse iwo wokha posalingalira kuti eni katundu akulira pakali pano .sometyms to have a merciful heart to your friends who are involved in such incidence ,
    its a good example in lyf . Don’t feel happy wen your friends are in trouble .Do not even laugh at them or take it as for granted coz u don’t know what comes next .
    What causes the fire ,its only God knows don’t blame anybody .

    For it ,God wl judge . Do not create any enmity through this incidence ,God knows de hidden .
    Don’t blame de city council , bt wrk together to defeat fire accidents .

    Ndikupepesa kwa azibale anga akhuzidwa ndingozi i ,muhardwear mo ,chonde osataya mtima mulungu ndi mtothozi wamphanvu .zizayendaso .God de merciful should forgive dem and give dem their needs again .

  14. i would also suggest dat the city concil should also have there special water refiliing centre in different places surrounding de market,in dat case they will be no need for de fire fighter to go and fetch water at a distance.

  15. BOMA silifunika kuchita mwaphuma zin2 ” chifukwa likuyang’ana miyoyo yambiri mdziko . Gonzi ikamayambika imakhala ndi oyiyambitsa , ndiye tisamayambise dala zin2 kudalila Boma . Likusamala Odwala, okalamba Ndiye li2amangire moto kusiya odwala ndi enawo? Koma kukazima moto basi hhhaaaa!

  16. Even in war torn Syria there are no market fires you can hire me to get into your head and teach you risk control management, remember we are leaving in 2016 not 1620. We should not let fire control us, use the market fee to hire train only 3 personell to work as fiire watchmen around the clock.

  17. Poor planning,olo akanapanga machawi do u think moto umeneuja ukanazimitsidwa?Msika unazungulilidwa ndi ma shop komanso no big road thruogh,Galimoto ya Fire ikanayima kuti??Fire was far away frm kumseu.

  18. Lets we r in 21st Centuary Malawi become poorst country in world hw why may be cashgate, I grow up time of Kamuzu with one party now more parties more poverty.

  19. Its not only the LL City Council. It starts from the top most.. Even the top most in Local ministry must resign. This is not an infernol to be politised. Men and women cried and its a very very sad development. Our economy is already in shambles and i cry 4 my fellow Malawians who have lost Millions in kwacha’s.

  20. Vuto boma lathu siliziwa kumanga komanso kusamalira zithu zomwe zilipo kuti zikhale zosamalirika nthawi zonse Malawi akanakhala pena koma vuto leadership.

  21. Don’t blame city council.How could they rush to the scene alibe zowayenereza?Tsiku lina last wk as I was going to work passed through Chileka Police ndidadutsa a police akukankha galimoto yokhayo ya pa policepo kuti ilire.With this situation how could they respond in a case of emergency?Chileka Airport has also been using galimoto yozimitsa moto from MDF kaya pano zilipati.So government expected a council kuti athamange ndi ma pail amadzi zoona.Alipo amene mukumufuna ku council osati zomwe mukunenazi

  22. sizodikira Mayor kungoti Malawi zochita zake ndizochedwa kwambiri kaya kumakhala kutani kaya. apa moto uwu waononga katundu wandalama zambiri apa anduna azikamba zina koma ku unduna kumeneku kuli anthu ochangamukadi? kukhala ngati kunali kuMchinji kumakafika mochedwa chomwechi? Apa ndi iyi nyanja Tz yatenga aboma adzadzuka TZ atakhoma zikhomo zammadzi, tulo kwambiri olamulawa koma kuchangamuka pokuba ndalama zamisonkho

  23. Lilongwe city council has no leadership in the name of a mayor who can see to it that city issues are up todate. He is the only political mayor than developmental mayor! No wonder LL is lagging behind to Bt!