6 arrested for illegal dumping of refuse

SIX people have been arrested by the Lusaka City  Council for illegally disposing refuse in the Bombay drainage in Lusaka’s Chaisa compound, says council assistant public relations manager Brenda Katongola.

She said council police picked up the six people after they were found disposing refuse in the drainage and were fined K450 each.

Ms Katongola has warned the public that the council would not hesitate to arrest law breakers as some people were in the habit of disposing waste anyhow.

In March this year LCC recruited 30 security officers to help increase public awareness and cooperation in problematic areas, especially on the Bombay drainage to avoid blocking the drains.

Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa, announced that the recruitment of the officers would help apprehend people found abrogating the law.

Mr. Mwansa said indiscriminate disposal of solid waste was an offence under Chapter 100 of the Local Government Act Cap 281 and Statutory Instrument no.125 of 2001 on hazardous waste management regulations which also encompassed the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Act no. 12 of 1990.

“Council security officers are expected to arrest culprits who will be found dumping refuse  in drainages and bring them to the Civic Centre for prosecution,’’ he said.

Mr. Mwansa said the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia project largely focused on construction of secondary drains in the City of Lusaka.

The construction of drainages was being done under the Social Inclusion and Gender Mainstreaming (SIGM) and Information, Education, Communication (IEC) for the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia (MCA) funded by the United States government.

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