Mrs Mwanawasa’s action marked the flagging off of the ‘Keep Zambia Clean’ campaign at Soweto market, a trade centre that has for long been a source of concern due to poor hygiene standards.
Mrs. Mwanawasa, clad in a White duster coat and gumboots, was joined by Local
Government and Housing Minister, Sylvia Masebo, Lusaka Mayor, Steven Chilatu and
several ministers’ wives in the exercise.
Speaking before she commissioned the clean up campaign, Mrs Mwanawasa called on
Lusaka residents to join hands with government in keeping the country clean and
She said clean and safe environments are cardinal in preventing diarrhoea diseases
such as Cholera.
Mrs. Mwanawasa said market surroundings should be kept clean at all times because
they are a source of most of the food consumed by the people.
She urged the traders to maintain high standards of cleanliness in a bid to sustain
a clean environment and prevent diseases.
At the same occasion, Mrs Masebo, urged marketers to support the program regardless
of political affiliations.
Mrs Masebo said all Lusaka residents must unite in efforts of keeping residential
homes and public places in the city clean.
And Lusaka mayor, Mr Chilatu also reiterated the need for the residents to support
the program due to its positive impact on efforts of developing the city.
Speaking earlier, Soweto Marketer’s Development Committee co-chairperson, Nora Koyi,
commended Mrs Mwanawasa for joining the Soweto marketeers in cleaning the market.
Ms Koyi said the market is faced with several challenges that include the lack of a
consistent garbage collection programme.
She noted that the market accumulates over 20 tonnes of garbage everyday which
remains uncollected for a long time.
Ms Koyi observed that the garbage was last collected in February this year adding
that government should address the issue urgently.