PF condemns burning of market


THE Patriotic Front (PF) has condemned the burning to ashes of 24 makeshift shops in Lusaka’s Luangwa Township by suspected UPND cadres.And some of the affected marketeers have cried in disbelief over the loss of their source of livelihoods.Goods and other items including sacks of Kapenta, potatoes, rice and beans worth over K13, 000 were on Saturday around 01:30 hours burnt to ashes at Kagwaba and Kalukungu markets in Luangwa Township.PF National Disaster Management Committee chairperson Warren Mwambazi described the incident as unfortunate.Mr. Mwambazi said it was inhuman for the cadres to ignite shops belonging to the elderly and vulnerable women.He was speaking when he toured the two markets where 24 shops were burnt.“This is inhuman. There is no way somebody can do this to a fellow human being. Most of the people whose property has been destroyed are the elderly and women who are innocent and feed their families from the little money they make,” Mr. Mwambazi said.He vowed that PF would ensure that the culprits were brought to book and that evidence from the police investigating the case was leading to the same suspect.“We have evidence that these people burning the shops are the same. They burnt Bauleni and other markets in the same way they have done here in Siwlizya ward of Lusaka Central Constituency,” he said.And speaking on behalf of the affected marketeers, Patricia Sibanda appealed to Government to come to their aid for them to restart their businesses.She lamented that the inferno had left them with nothing as all the merchandise in their shops had been burnt to ashes.“We have lost everything. We don’t even know where to start from. Our families will now starve because this was our source of livelihoods. We are appealing to Government and the President to come to our aid,” she said.Meanwhile, PF said it would support the victims so that they could start selling again because that was where they got their living.Area Member of Parliament Margaret Mwanakatwe who toured the two markets just after fire was put off condemned the acts of violence.