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Saturday, 6 November 2021

Kubwa Market Fire: Council Chairman Blames Fatalities on Traders’ Negligence

Mr John Gabaya, the Chairman, Bwari Area Council, has blamed the fatalities caused by Friday’s fire incident at Kubwa Village market area of Bwari, on negligence by the traders selling their goods by the road side.

It would be recalled that the fire incident led to the loss of lives and properties.

Gabaya said that the unfortunate incident could have been avoided because several efforts had been made to sensitise the market people on different occasions.

“We kept warning the people here on the dangers of selling their goods by the road side.

“Also, a task force committee usually spends a lot of money to come here daily to make sure people don’t sell by the road side, but the traders have been negligent and rude,” he said.

Gabaya revealed that no fewer than six dead bodies have been recovered from the scene of the incident, including others who were severely injured and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital.

He explained that the likely cause of the fire incident was the explosion of a nearby fuel tanker.

He, however, said that he could not attest to the allegation about the fuel being adulterated, adding that “according to reports, it was a kerosene tanker.

“We have served a notice to the people located here that as from Monday, we will ensure that nobody sells along this road corridor,” he said.


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