Lusaka Mayor, Miles Sampa, has launched the community led pre-rainy season unblocking of drainages in the wards.
Mayor Sampa launched the programme this morning in Justine Kabwe Ward of Mandevu Constituency. He said residents must change their minds sets and avoid being reactive but be proactive and start keeping their surroundings clean.
“We don’t want our people to be reactive to issues of sanitation but be proactive and start engaging in cleaning activities on daily basis,” he said.
Mr Sampa said he wanted residents to own the relaunched Make Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy.
He explained that the programme was not re-launched for few individuals and institutions but for every resident.
Meanwhile, Justin Kabwe Ward Councillor, Teddy Mwaba, has appealed to the Mayor to help expand the drainage system in his ward.
Councillor Mwaba said almost all the drainages in the ward were too small to contain the storm water during rainy season resulting into flash floods in the ward.
He appealed to the Mayor to use his influence to request the Road Development Agency (RDA) and Disaster Management and Mitagation Unit (DMMU) to assist in the expansion of drainages in the ward.
“Your Worship, there is need for expansion of drainages in my ward because most of the drainages here are too small to contain water when it rains resulting in nearby houses get flooded,” he lamented.
Councillor Mwansa informed the Mayor that DMMU had been informed of the problem but nothing had been done about the matter.
And speaking at the same event, newly elected Health Committee chairperson, Councillor George Data, said people who were in a habit of dumping waste indiscriminately would not be spared by the council.
Councillor Data observed that indiscriminate dumping of waste was common in almost all the wards.
“Your Worship, our people should change their mind sets and stop dumping waste in the drainages and other open spaces,” he said.
He warned that those found contravening the law relating to solid waste management would be prosecuted accordingly.