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Kariakoo fire: Probe team given seven-day extension

Wednesday July 21 2021
Majaliwa pic

On Sunday, July 11, 2021 the Prime Minister visited the market in an effort to unearth the origin of the fire. PHOTO | FILE

By Bethsheba Wambura

Dar es Salaam. Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa has issued a seven-day extension to the team he formed to investigate the cause of the fire that ravaged Kariakoo Market on the evening of July 10, this year.

Mr Majaliwa has extended the days until July 25, this year for the investigative team to come with answers on what caused an inferno that obliterated the popular market, which also serves the wider East and Central African countries.

The team of investigators was formed on Sunday, July 11, 2021 when the Prime Minister visited the market in an effort to unearth the origin of the fire. He consequently issued a seven-day ultimatum for a team to probe the incident and to establish details that will bring to light the root cause.

Members of the team were chosen from the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities - PO-RALG) and the Prime Minister's Office, through the Director of Disasters. Other members are selected from Defense and Security Forces including the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), the Police Force, the Fire Brigade as well as the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).

In an effort to lay bare the cause of the fire, Mr Majaliwa visited the site a day after it went ablaze, in an effort to placate the anxious traders, most of whom had incurred losses in the inferno he affirmed that the government would look into the matter and provide answers.

Speaking today, Wednesday July 21, 2021, during the Eid-Al-Adha prayer at the Mtoro Mosque in Dar es Salaam, Majaliwa said the team had asked him for more time to do a thorough investigation into the incident.

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“I formed a team and issued seven days for it to complete the investigation. When I was on tour in Morocco they asked me for more time to apply engineering methods that would meticulously scan the entire building to establish whether it is safe or the fire overly compromised it,” said the PM.

" I agreed with them and issued more seven days to July 25, to complete their investigation and when the report is finalized we will release it to the public, and then give direction on what is next for the Kariakoo Market," he added.

Consideration the severity of the matter, Majaliwa urged traders to remain patient and to refrain from entering into the market while an investigation is ongoing, asking them to wait for instructions from the government.

A total of 224 traders were left counting huge losses after the Dar es Salaam iconic Kariakoo Market went up in flames, sending shockwaves across the city and beyond.


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