Popular Kariakoo market located in the heart of Dar es Salaam is on fire as revealed by images and video making rounds online.
The 47-year-old market serves millions of traders and the news was confirmed by the area police commander who said it started about 40 minutes ago from the time of reporting.
The cause of the fire remains unknown as both the police and the fire department rushed to the scene to stop further damage of properties and possible burning of nearby buildings.
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The news comes at a time when President Samia Suluhu was evaluating the possibily of sending home current leadership at the market. This is after she was impressed by the state of traders at the market.
In her speech, the Head of State noted that small scale traders are not supported in any way by the leaders and that the market may be transferred to Dar es Salaam City Council.
It is reported that the leadership at Kariakoo market benefit and pocket the benefits instead of supporting small scale traders.
The news comes hours after the country confirmed 408 new cases of COVID-19, 100 cases more that the country last confirmed in June.
Confirming the news was Health Minister Dr. Dorothy Gwajima who confirmed that a total of 284 patients are on oxygen and fighting the virus in various hospitals across the country.
Citizens have been warned against taking things lightly but instead take precaution as the continent battle the third wave of the virus. The same message of caution has been echoed by President Samia Suluhu.