Local government Minister Vincent Mwale has told parliament that the cause of the fire that gutted City market is not yet established, contrary to Edgar Lungu’s Press Aide Amos Chanda who claimed that arson was the cause.
And Mwale has stated that the market will take over a year to rebuild and not six weeks as earlier reported.
Mwale said in a Ministerial Statement today that investigations on the cause of the fire are still ongoing by a joint team of investigative wings.
Amos Chanda recently issued a statement that preliminary investigations had established that the cause of the fire was arson.
And Mwale has stated that the market will take over a year to rebuild and not six weeks as reported by the PF controlled ZNBC.
He said 20 million US dollars will be needed to reconstruct the market, the same amount that the government wants to spend on building a new State House.