Concerns over poor sanitation ahead of UNWTO

Sanitation in many compounds in Livingstone has remained a source of concern ahead of the city’s scheduled hosting of the UNWTO general assembly in August  to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In compounds like Libuyu, Maramba’s R section, Malota, Nakatindi and Dambwa Site and Service, sanitation has remained a challenge and is posing a health hazard to the residents.

A check by the Daily Nation revealed that many houses did not have toilets and clean water facilities. Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) embarked on building toilets in Libuyu but the project has not served any purpose according to the residents.

As a result, residents were complaining over the poor sanitation in the compounds despite Livingstone hosting the UNWTO.

Some residents spoke to told the Daily Nation that some community members were now using plastics to answer the call on nature.

“Our town is hosting this important meeting and there has been a lot of cleaning in town. So why can’t the PF government consider building us toilets so that these people can see when they visit us in our various compounds,” one woman said.

“It is not fair for the government to just decorate the town centre while our compounds are in a total mess. We don’t have toilets and clean water,” she said.

In Dambwa Site and Service compound, the situation was similar and even worse because people are forced to answer the call of nature in the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park posing a serious danger to themselves.

In Malota compound a family of 12 was found to be using a single toilet which has no flushing system.

During the Livingstone by elections in 2012, the PF government promised to install flushing toilets but the promise and pledge have become rhetoric.

The residents have since urged the Minister for Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo to extend cleanliness in town to compounds.