Vendors in Jinja District in eastern Uganda have been left in tears after fire on Friday night razed Napier market.
Fire which reportedly started at about 11:30 pm razed down the entire market which sits ona 4-acre piece of land.
Most of the 3,900 vendors who have been operating their businesses in market acquired loans from banks and other financial institutions.
Police said it is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Some of the vendors claim the fire started from both sections of the market, which points to arson. They also claim that the two guards deployment to provide security at the market were absent when the fire started. The Police Fire and Rescue team rushed to try and stop the fire in vain but failed.
This is the fifth time Napier Market, which is adjacent to Jinja Bus Park, gets burnt. The last incident occurred in January 2012.
Vendors fault police for failing to release reports on past fire outbreaks at the market.
Felix Mugizi, the Jinja District Police Commander refutes the allegations leveled against police, saying they have commenced investigations into the fire. By the time of filing this story, no district official had reached the affected vendors.