Fraudsters prey on market-fire victims

Fire at Lusaka's City Market yesterday.

VICTIMS of the recently burnt stalls at Lusaka’s city market have said some unscrupulous people are soliciting K100 from each of them claiming to build up a fund for reconstructing the market.
One of the victims, Grace Phiri, said this in an interview yesterday.

“There were some people who came this morning and were going stand by stand of all those that had their goods burnt but continued to sell outside to contribute K100 each. They are claiming that the money is meant to rebuild the market,” she said.
Ms Phiri said the victims are still recovering from the shock of losing their goods and have no capacity to pay any money.
And some victims of the fire have commended government for intervening in the matter, which has resulted in the business community rendering support.
Ms Phiri said the marketeers have received news of the K500,000 loan write-off by JMAAC financial services as positive.
“We are thankful for the interest that our government is showing towards this predicament. We heard that JMAAC financial services has written off the loans some of the victims had. The government has shown that it cares for us because it would have been impossible to pay back the loans after our goods got burnt,” she said.
She called on government to continue looking into the plight of the fire victims.
And the Zambia National Marketeers Credit Association (ZANAMACA) has opened a marketeers disaster account and implored members of the general public to assist victims of the gutted shops at Lusaka city market with financial support.  
And ZANAMACA has observed that the gutting of the market will have a negative impact on the economy.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mail, ZANAMACA president Mupila Kameya said his association has put in place various campaign programmes to raise start-up capital for the affected marketeers.
“I would like to express sadness at the unfortunate incident that occurred at city market.  As an association, we have engaged our partners from the Zambia Revenue Authority to give us financial support.
“I can also confirm that we have opened a marketeer’s disaster account with Indo Zambia bank where members of the public can go and desposit money,” he said.


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