GOVERNMENT has directed local authorities to add impetus to the Make Zambia Clean and Healthy campaign.
And Government says the 151 vehicles bought for constituencies for the campaign should be utilised for the intended purposes across the country.
Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview yesterday that the campaign has not been shelved but that the programme is being strengthened by stakeholders.
Mr Kambwili, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said Government is committed to keeping the surroundings clean through improved garbage collection by councils.
He said councils should monitor and improve garbage collection to keep the surroundings clean.
“A clean environment reduces outbreak of diseases resulting in reduced health costs. Government will not spend a lot of money on health matters when the environment is clean,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said monitoring of the exercise is cardinal for the councils if they are to achieve the intended goal.
“We have observed that in rural areas the vehicles are being utilised for the intended purposes as compared to the urban areas where the vehicles are being used for other purposes,” he said.
The minister has since directed the councils in urban regions to release the vehicles to be used for cleaning and health programmes.
Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has commended the local authorities, especially those on the Copperbelt, that have employed people to sweep the streets.
He particularly commended Luanshya, Kitwe and Chingola municipalies for sweeping the streets in the central business districts.
“We are happy with what the Copperbelt-based local authorities have done by engaging workers to work on the streets,” he said.
Mr Kambwili has urged the private sector to help in cleaning towns through their respective corporate social responsibility programmes.