A former student leader has called on citizens to take a leading role in sustaining the “Keep Zambia Clean” campaign which he says has remained a huge failure despite efforts from stakeholders to sustain it.
In a statement, Former ZANASU President Humphrey Milandile observed that it was unfortunate that the campaign to make the country clean has yielded no benefits despite the efforts from civic leaders, government and other stakeholders.
Mr Milandile who is also former Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) president accused the citizenry of failing to take up responsibilities of maintaining their environment hence leading to the campaign’s failure.
“For the past decade there has been consented efforts by successive national governments to make Zambia Clean and health through the “make Zambia clean campaign. Successive governments have fought hard to ensure clean and health environment conducive for living by many Zambian’s.
“Unfortunately the campaigns, calls and hard work of civic leaders and the government to make Zambia clean has yield no benefit in actualising this dream. The problem lies with us the citizens, people are too irresponsible, primitive and careless to protect the environment. The minds of our citizens are clogged and needs thorough cleaning and rehabilitation if we are to achieve a meaningful keep Zambia clean campaign.
“In the pursuit to make the cities clean and health ,the government needs the support of every member of society to take a leading role to clean and safe guard our yards as well as other surroundings,” he said.
He said cleaning the environment should be the responsibility of all well meaning Zambians and not only the local authorities.
He called on the local authorities and schools to come up with deliberate policy to educate communities on the importance and need for a clean environment.
“Cleaning the environment is the duty of every citizen and garbage collection lies in the hands of the local authority. Currently the local authority has been tasked with cleaning and collection of garbage, this is an abnormality which has become normal due to lack of participation and responsibility by citizens.
“I would like to urge the councils, primary and secondary schools to educate citizens the need for a clean and health environment by inculcating a sense of responsibility. There is need for every Zambian to safe guard and clean the environment they are trading, residing and operating from.
“I wish also to urge our beloved citizens to show sense of responsibility, care and love for our environment, uncontrolled disposal of waste is causing a catastrophic chain reaction of environmental degradation resulting into disease outbreak such as typhoid, cholera, malaria and many other diseases,” he said.
He also commended the Kitwe who has continued to take a leading role in ensuring that the city is clean saying government and local communities should complement each other in perusing pursuing a clean Zambia.
“Further; I congratulate the Mayor of Kitwe City Council Christopher Kang’ombe for his relentless efforts to make the city clean and health. There is need for the community and the government to complement each others efforts in the pursuit to make Zambia clean and health.”