Construction trucks litter roads, says NGO


By Nation Reporter

INTEGRATED Community Anti-litter Initiative (ICALI) chairperson Pascal Chikumbi is concerned over the continuous spillage of construction materials such as sand and stones which are always littered on and along the roads whenever they are being transported to respective construction sites.

Mr Chikumbi said the same trend applied to some uncovered trucks contracted to collect garbage from central business district, (CBD) industrial, commercial centres or residential areas for disposal.

He said most of the trucks loaded with stones usually criss-crossed the City of Lusaka, leaving a trail of littered stones all the way to their respective destinations.

Mr Chikumbi also said some of the flying stones and waste out of unsecured trucks have caused damage to property such as car wind shields and have become a menace to motorists, passengers and the general public.

“We would, therefore, like to appeal to some construction companies and private solid waste companies to secure their trucks and avoid damage to property and safeguard the lives of the general public.

“We would also like to make an earnest appeal to the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), Zambia Police Service traffic section, and the Lusaka City Council to up engage stakeholders in the construction industry to chart the way forward,’’ he said.