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50 Lilongwe vendors get consolation

Al Barakah Charity Trust, an Islamic charitable organisation, has consoled some of the Lilongwe Market vendors who were affected by fire in September last year.

Speaking at the function where monetary donations were made recently, Al Barakah Charity Trust Director, Saidi Witness, said Malawians have a duty to help each other in times of need.

“We were saddened by the news of fire that gutted Lilongwe Market, destroying property and shops. As such, we thought of offering a helping hand to some of the affected vendors” Witness said.

He said it is high time the central government and local government came up with measures that would help curb cases of fire incidents.

“One of the causes could be the structures used in constructing our markets. Most shops use ply wood, making vendors prone to market fires,” Witness said.

One of the beneficiaries, Mariam Saidi, said she was glad that the charity had come to her rescue.

Fifty vendors have shared the cake of K7,500,000, with each vendor pocketing K150,000.

The fire gutted Lilongwe Market on September 23 last year.

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