THE Livingstone City Council (LCC) with the help of the private sector has embarked on a “Keep Livingstone Clean” Campaign following government’s call of creating a smart Zambia.
And the council has expressed concern with the increasing activities of street vending and illegal placing of advertising posters on infrastructure including drainages.
Responding to a press query, council public relations manager Emmanuel Sikanyika told the Daily Nation in Livingstone that the local authority was determined to support the vision by keeping the district clean so that full compliance was rendered to the government’s policy of turning tourism into one of the vital economic sectors in the country.
Mr. Sikanyika said that it was for that reason that the Livingstone City Council (LCC) was committed to “prudently use its internal resources for the purpose of keeping the city clean and habitable”.
He stated that the council had a team of ambitious workers under the solid waste management unit whose duties included scooping sand from the roads, clearing waterways and refuse removal.
Mr. Sikanyika said that in order to adequately attend to the challenge of garbage accumulation, the council had partnered with business houses that were collecting waste from designated zones.
“We are examining alternative solutions with stakeholder groups such as reprocessing litter to produce merchandise like coffins and egg trays. The involvement of the private sector in keeping Livingstone clean has been important in dealing with diverse challenges that affect the greater majority of the residents although we have not had total support in getting all our corporate associates on board,” said Mr. Sikanyika.
And the council has expressed concern with the increasing activities of street vending and illegal pasting of advertising posters on infrastructure including drainages.
Mr. Sikanyika observed that the efforts of the local authority in keeping the city clean frustrated by some of there negative activities.
He charged that street vending and illegal placing of advertising posters on infrastructure were on the rise.
Mr Sikanyika said that the vices did not only distort the profile of the tourist town but also robed the council of the much needed revenue which was supposed to be collected and pumped back into service delivery.
“As a rock layer of tourism, we need unflinching support from all stakeholders in order for us to continue paving and leading the way towards attaining a befitting market share of global tourism,” said Mr. Sikanyika