Fortunately no one was injured or killed in the alleged mysterious fire outbreak that spread quickly around some parts of Zambia's biggest market.

Police officials and emergency units rushed to Lusaka’s City Market as efforts were made to put out the fire on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Police chief Kakoma Kanganja suspects it was an act of arson as tensions rise following the arrest of an opposition leader.

United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema was arrested in April and charged with treason for impeding president Edgar Lungu’s motorcade.

The arrest of the opposition leader has stoked political tensions in what is regarded as one of Africa’s more stable and functional democracies.

Vice-president Inonge Wina who expressed despair at the incident, commiserated with those who shops were ravaged by the inferno. He also shared his own opinion on the conspiracy theory.


"Their days are numbered because the police are on their heels and they will soon be arrested," he said referring to suspected masterminds of the fire outbreak.