Kasungu Municipality Council deputy mayor Ephate Joshua has said the council will need about K10 million ($17,857) to renovate structures destroyed by fire in Kasungu Main Market last month.
He said shops and offices used by council officials and other structures were destroyed during the fire.
Speaking on Friday when Shayona Cement Factory donated 120 bags of cement to the council, Joshua said the fire burnt the affected buildings to the ground, including those the council officials were using.
“To rebuild, we need about K10 million. Some of the structures council officials were using must be renovated for easy maintenance of the market,” he said.
Joshua said as the situation stands at the moment, the council is handicapped as it is also losing a lot of revenue.
Commenting on the donation from Shayona, Joshua said the cement will go a long way as it will be used to rebuild the market master’s office, toilets and other shops.
“On the required K10 million, we have been relieved by this donation as now we will no longer have to buy cement,” said the deputy mayor.
Shayona Cement Kasungu factory human resources and administration manager Austin Mvula said they decided to help after learning about the fire accident.
“When council approached us we thought of showing solidarity with those affected and help in any way we can,” he said.
The council is said to be losing over K200 000 a day after the October 2 fire. n