SOME residents in Choma have expressed fear that uncollected heaps of garbage in the town centre and around townships could lead to the outbreak of water-borne diseases such as Cholera.
But Town Clerk Timothy Mambalakata attributed the slow pace at which the council was collecting the heaps of garbage to constant breakdown of the dumping truck.
Mr Mambalakata said in interview that the local authority was facing some challenges in collecting the garbage but had since engaged a private contractor to carry out the work.
“We have about three trucks but there are not in good conditions, one which is meant for collection of garbage has some mechanical challenges but we are trying by all means to work on it,” he said.
He attributed the increased heaps of garbage particularly in town centre to some marketeers who were fond of throwing litter such as plastics in undesignated dumping areas.
Mr Mambalakata said people were generating a lot of garbage but were not even paying to have them removed hence the local authority finding some challenges to get rid of the litter.
He said the council had since embarked on a vigorous sensitization campaign to educate the residents on the need to keep Choma clean and observe the highest hygiene standards.
Some residents spoke to appealed to the local authority to ensure garbage in the town centre and around townships were hauled and deposited in the rightful dumping sites.
Amos Mweemba, a trader, said the garbage posed health hazards to the people citing the possible outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera especially that it was rain season.
Another marketer Getrude Siampweka, however, called on the residents to support the council’s efforts of ensuring garbage was disposed off in designated areas if Choma was to be kept clean.