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Nakawa Market Vendors Count Losses, Following Fire Outbreak :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nakawa Market Vendors Count Losses, Following Fire Outbreak

Joseph Kibirige, the defense Secretary of Nakawa Market, revealed that the affected section lacked electricity, raising suspicions about the cause of the fire. He pointed to longstanding market disputes between KCCA and vendors as a potential motive behind the incident.
The Nakawa Market vendors who were affected by the fir

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Vendors in Nakawa market are reeling from devastation after a late-night fire outbreak razed a section of the market, destroying merchandise worth millions. The fire, suspected to be caused by arsonists, started around 4:30 am, engulfing wooden structures housing vegetables, fridges, restaurant utensils, and machinery.

Joseph Kibirige, the Defense Secretary of Nakawa Market, revealed that the affected section lacked electricity, raising suspicions about the cause of the fire. He pointed to longstanding market disputes between KCCA and vendors as a potential motive behind the incident. 

KCCA has wanted to evict vendors from this area that has caught fire for a very long time to allegedly build a new toilet, but vendors rejected this proposal believing the toilet claims were not true, but there some people who wanted this place," Kibirige said.   

He further alleged, "Recently our chairman was arrested on falsehoods that he is hindering the development, but the truth is that they are some rich people who want to have stalls illegally in this place, they are working with some corrupt KCCA officials, yet the president directed that markets should be for the poor people.  

Jackson Musisi, chairperson of zone F Nakawa Market, reported a suspicious explosion preceding the fire, hinting at deliberate ignition.   

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Despite timely notification, the fire brigade's delayed response allowed the fire to spread uncontrollably, resulting in significant losses for the vendors.   

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The area legislator and Opposition Leader in parliament, Joel Senyonyi called for urgent police investigations into the cause of the fire after visiting the market. He cited reports from vendors alleging arson motivated by ongoing market disputes. 

“We have tasked the Police teams to quickly investigate the cause of this fire, because there are so many reports from the affected vendors, some alleging that it is by arson from bad people who want to take over part of this market. I will also follow the issue of some leaders who were arrested in this ongoing wrangle,” Senyonyi assured the affected vendors.