Government says it will soon introduce the media awareness campaign programme in order to sensitize and educate the Zambian people on the importance of garbage disposal.
Local government minister Vincent Mwale says garbage still remains a thorny issue to most councils in the country hence, engaging people in communities through the awareness programme on how to dispose garbage in Zambia.
Giving an update in a ministerial statement issued in parliament today, Mr. Mwale disclosed that the programs would start running on ZNBC in the second quarter of 2017.
The program which is dubbed as : ” the state of keep Zambia clean” seeks to sensitize the public how to manage waste and holds them accountable in line with the Local Government Act number 100 of 2016.
Mr. Mwale said his ministry is working closely with the Lusaka City Council, Zambia Breweries and the Street Vendors Empowerment Foundation and has started yielding positive results on change of mind-set on garbage and participating in garbage programmes on some streets of Lusaka City.
On drainages, the Minister disclosed that the Chawama drainage has so far reached 66 percent of the project works while the Kamwala-Libala drainage stags at 40 percent.
The ministry would next week release K100 million Local Government Equalization Fund to be shared among all the 106 councils dotted across the country in an effort to address garbage and drainages that have become a norm in most communities.
The councils in the country are facing challenges to on inadequate waste management, equipment and infrastructure, lack of enforcement by law enforcement agencies, poor adherence by members of the public and lack of unwillingness by generators of waste to manage the waste they generate.
Other challenges are construction of illegal infrastructures on Central Business Districts (CBDs) , traditional practices, inadequate human financial capacity and budgetary constraints to achieve President Edgar Lungu’s vision of ridding garbage in the next five to 10 years as some of the major hindrances to ‘winning’ the garbage fight.
Mr. Mwale hinted that he would soon introduce the New Local Government Act in parliament that seeks to address garbage in a bottom-up approach.
The minister , who is also PF Chipangali law-maker, urged his fellow parliamentarians to pass on this message to their constituents and educate them on the importance of ridding off garbage in their localities.