The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) has issued a seven day ultimatum to the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to remove waste disposal in Lusaka’s Misisi and Garden Compounds, Town Centre and along Katima Mulilo road.
The ultimatum which is with immediate effect comes after a resolution passed yesterday by ZEMA in pursuant to Environmental Management Act No. 12 Section 60.
ZEMA has ordered the local authority to remove indiscriminate disposal of waste in the areas and sites because it is not satisfied.
ZEMA Corporate Affairs Manager, Irene Chipili said in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, that indiscriminate disposal of waste is an impediment to efforts aimed at protecting the environment in making Zambia clean and healthy championed by President Edgar Lungu who re-launched the clean campaign a couple of months ago.
“LCC has accordingly been ordered to remove the waste in a number of locations in Misisi and garden Compound, Town Centre as well as along Katima Mulilo road. The order must fully be complied within a period of 7 days,” Ms. Chipili said.
And ZEMA has reminded all councils in the country to take full responsibility of ensuring that sound management of waste in their respective areas is adhered to.
Ms. Chipili also implored business entities and members of the public to manage waste in a sound manner.
Meanwhile, LCC Public Relations Officer, Brenda Katongola when contacted for a comment on the matter could neither confirm.
Ms. Katongola however, said that the council is mandated to remove garbage from the streets and residential places in the city.