LIVINGSTONE Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti has called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in Zambia’s Tourist Capital to participate in cleaning and greening the City to make it more attractive to tourists and other visitors.
Ms Chikoti said the Livingstone City Council alone could not manage to make the City more attractive and hence it was important for the community and other stakeholders to participate.
She was Livingstone was a very hot place in the hot season and so it was prudent to plant more trees in the City to provide fresh air and shelter to visitors.
Ms Chikoti was speaking in Livingstone on Saturday when officiated at the planting of mango trees exercise on the island of Musitunya Road.
The tree planting exercise was hosted by the Livingstone Press Club in partnership with PEN Zambia.
Ms Chikoti, who also planted a mango tree, said the issue of cleaning and greening the environment could not be overemphasised.
“As a local authority, we have been cleaning the City and this is why it is cleaner compared to most parts of Zambia.
“I am very happy that PEN Zambia and Livingstone Press Club have partnered to plant trees in the city and I wish to appeal to other stakeholders and members of the community to suppliment the council’s efforts in greening the City,” Ms Chikoti said.
She said it was possible for the local authority to be drawing water from the nearby Zambezi River to water the trees.
She urged PEN Zambia, which is an association for writers as well as editors and language translators, to seek more ways of collaborating with the local authority.
PEN Zambia Secretary Daniel Sikazwe appealed to all citizens in Zambia to take keen interest beautifying their surrounding environment.
Mr Sikazwe said his organisation was happy to partner with the Livingstone Press Club to plant trees in the City.
“We believe that every citizen must respect nature because our survival is incomplete without nature,” he said.
Livingstone Press Club Secretary General Brian Hatyoka, who is also Times Printpak Livingstone Bureau Chief, urged journalists to participate in tree planting so that they write from a well informed position.