Property worth millions lost in Nakawa Market fire

Vendors collecting remains of their property in the fire outbreak that gutted Nakawa Market on Monday morning (Photo/Courtesy)

Kampala, (UG): Hundreds of vendors at Nakawa Market in Kampala are counting losses after a fire whose cause is yet to be established gutted stalls destroying property worth in excess of millions of shillings in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The 4 am fire is said to have spread through various stalls within the busy market located just a few kilometres from the central business district of Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

When DailyExpress visited the scene this morning, a number of traders were seen soaked in depression as they watched their property perish helplessly.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the police fire brigade was been able to chip in very fast to put the fire ablaze but acknowledged millions of property perished in the fire outbreak although no fatality was reported.

Mr Owoyesigyire further cautioned the management of the market and building owners all over the country to always put mechanisms like fire extinguishers, and sprinklers in case of an emergency.

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Vendors look on as Police Fir Brigades puts out the fire that gutted Nakawa Market on Monday morning.

The fire outbreak at Nakawa Market comes just days after its chairperson, Joseph Mudhasi was charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly assaulting Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) staff.

Mudhasi on Friday appeared before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate’s Court and was charged with two counts of malicious damage and four counts of assault.

The prestigious Nakawa market is one of Kampala’s largest food markets in the Eastern part of the city and has for decades been an arrival point of fresh foods from Eastern Uganda.

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The market is currently under Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) following a rift between rival groups who used to manage the market.

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