Zombo, (UG): Businessmen in Paidha Town Council in Zombo District are counting losses after a fire outbreak gutted over 4 lockup shops/Kiosks and ravaged merchandise worth over 200 million shillings in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
The destructive fire incident allegedly started at around 12 am on Tuesday 12th, September 12, according to preliminary reports.
In the arson incident, two lockup shops got burnt to ashes without any rescue efforts by the vigilantes leaving the affected businessmen crying out for relief support as their source of livelihood is sabotaged.
Mr Awule Mansur, one of the severely affected businessmen said he had a stock of about a 60million shillings and the business was the only source of livelihood for his family.
“We have families and children who are to go to school. We have nowhere to go and nowhere to start”, said Awule.
Mr. Sabili Bidokber, also a victim of the fire outbreak revealed that part of his stock worth 10 million shillings was rescued.
“What they removed, cannot do anything because my stock was about 80 million shillings and what was pulled out was like 10 million shillings” Sabili revealed to this publication on Tuesday morning.
DailyExpress has since established that most of the businesses within the town are not insured against any insurable risks coupled with no fire fighting equipment within the reach of the district.
Police in Paidha Town Council say they have opened a case of arson under SD REF 20/12/09/2023 and commenced investigations into the cause of the fire.
The Paidha arson comes into play bearly a month after a similar scenario unfolded in Padea Town Council in which the office of the Padea business community got burnt.