By Nation Reporter
THE arrest of six people by the Lusaka City Council (LCC) police for illegally disposing of refuse in the Bombay drainage should be commended by all who love a clean environment, says Integrated Community Anti-litter Initiative (ICALI) chairperson Pascal Chikumbi.
Mr Chikumbi said the accumulation of solid waste in Lusaka’s central trading district was disappointing and a worrisome situation.
He said the indiscriminate littering, the heaps of uncollected garbage and the stench from some public places due to urine was something that was evident in the city.
Mr Chikumbi said traders and residents of the city were mandated to manage wastes instead of playing the blame game and pointing accusing fingers at the local authority.
He said despite making efforts to engage street vendors, the trend of uncollected garbage had remained a source of great concern to the council.
Mr Chikumbi urged the traders in central business district to take care of the place and ensure that they traded in a clean and safe environment.
He said his organisation was ready to partner with other entities to spearhead cleanliness in town.
He advised the residents who had not yet made efforts to subscribe to waste collection to follow the laid down procedures to avoid falling into conflicts with the council.
And Mr Chikumbi advised the council to deploy more council security officers so that more culprits were brought to book.
He said the local authority needed to cooperate with other stakeholders to bring sanity in Lusaka particularly in Freedom Way.
Last week LCC arrested people for illegally disposing refuse in the Bombay drainage in Lusaka’s Chaisa compound
In March this year, the 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.
And Lusaka town clerk Alex Mwansa announced that the recruitment of the officers would help apprehend people found abrogating the law.
Mr Mwansa said the indiscriminate disposal of the solid waste was an offence under the Local Government Act CAP 281 and statutory instrument no. 125 of 2001 on hazardous waste management regulation.