A Civic leader in Ndola has introduced a trophy to be awarded to the cleanest house in Yengwe ward of Ndola Central Constituency to promote cleanliness in the area.
Area councilor, Arnold Mwamba said the trophy will be won on a monthly basis in an effort to promote cleanliness thereby preventing outbreak of diarrhea diseases.
He told ZANIS in an interview that the idea was to encourage people to keep their homes and surroundings clean.
Early this week, the councilor launched the ‘Keep Yengwe Ward Clean Campaign’ at North-Rise Market and the Marketeers temporally suspended their business to participate in the cleaning exercise at the market.
The cleaning exercise was spearheaded by the councilor who ensured that the market had running water and the toilets also repaired.
In a related development, Kansenshi Ward Councilor Brenda Musonda has implored residents in her ward and the general public to ensure that they keep their surroundings clean.
Ms Musonda said this when she led residents in her ward in a clean-up exercise at Kansenshi market and surrounding areas.
She stated that attaining a clean city status mainly depends on the residents to keep the district clean.
And Mufulira District Commissioner, Hildah Kawesha has directed all shop owners in the Central Business District (CBD) to put up disposal bins outside their shops or risk being closed down.
Ms. Kawesha said it is high time that shop owners in the CBD took up responsibility of keeping the town clean especially with the outbreak of Cholera in the country.
The District Commissioner was speaking when she addressed stakeholders in the area.
Ms. Kawesha said there was need to put in place clean standards in the district which should continue even after the cholera epidemic that has hit the country is contained.
“Lack of bins encourages littering so am directing all shop owners to put up bins outside their shops, the council will be going round collecting the garbage every morning. Any business place which will be found without a bin outside will be closed,” she said.
Ms Kawesha stated that members of the public should ensure that anyone found littering is brought to book if the “Keep Mufulira Clean” campaign is to be achieved.
She said keeping the district clean can only be achieved with commitment and corporation from members of the public.
“Each and every one of us need to be patriotic, if we see anyone littering, let us take responsibility and bring that person to the council,” she said.
Ms. Kawesha called on the residents and the business community to exercise high levels of hygiene and cleanliness to prevent the outbreak of cholera in Mufulira.
“I will keep doing random checks on shops, restaurants, butcheries and all other business places, any place found wanting will have to be closed immediately. Cholera is a deadly disease and we can’t take chances,” she said.
She said it is high time Zambians stopped waiting for disease outbreaks before intensifying hygiene and cleanliness.
“These random checks we are starting will continue even after the cholera outbreak so keep your shops clean at all times,” she advised.