LCC stopped from demolishing wall near drainage system in Emmasdale

LUSAKA City Council is studying a letter from Emmasdale residents opposing its intention to demolish boundary walls built near the main drainage system, says acting public relations manager Habeenzu Mulunda.

Mr Mulunda said no action had been taken since the issuance of the demolition notice, after the local authority received communication from the residents resisting the demolition of the boundary walls.

“Our legal department is studying the communication we received from the residents through their lawyers and we shall respond,” he said.

Last week LCC announced that it  had issued a demolition notices over the construction of concrete walls over the drainage system which has resulted in disrupted water flow and flooding in surrounding houses. Some residents have allegedly constructed concrete walls over the main drainage system and have caused disturbances to the flow of rain water as a buffer zone for the heavy industrial area through Emmasdale, Mandevu to Ngwerere stream.

And some Lusaka residents have commended LCC for the garbage collection programme underway in most parts of the city. Mr Gilbert Silumesi, a street vendor on Lumumba Road said there had been an improvement in manner the council was managing collection.

Mr Silumesi said street vendors have also contributed to the exercise by collecting street dirt and taking it to designated places for collection.

“The council has now developed new ways of garbage collection and it seems to be working very well since they are here every day.

“We do not stay with uncollected garbage anymore, because the refuse trucks come round to pick up the dirt almost on a daily basis,” he said.

Mr. Silumesi explained that it was a good system the council has come up with, and was convinced it was working to prevent disease outbreaks as a result of uncollected garbage.

He said for some time now, Lusaka has not experienced cholera or typhoid outbreaks, which he attributed to the council’s efforts in Keeping Lusaka Clean.

And Mr Mulunda said the various garbage collection programmes around Lusaka were part of the routine exercise under the waste management unit of the council.

He said they have intensified the garbage collection exercise in some areas.

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