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.
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.