Over 50 trucks carrying garbage from different parts of Lusaka have continued to be marooned at the Chunga dumpsite awaiting to offload the garbage.
The trucks have been stuck for the past two days and drivers have spent nights at dumpsite as they cannot access the dumping area because of the garbage that have blocked the access roads to the main dumping area.
A check at the dumping site, by Lusaka District Commissioner (DC), Davison Mulenga revealed that access roads leading to the main dumping ground are blocked because the compactor and the bull dozers which are supposed to clear the way have broken down.
Some drivers spoken to by ZANIS expressed concern and called on government to quickly address the situation to avoid any disease outbreaks.
Thomas Bwalya one of the affected drivers who has spent two days at the site, disclosed that yesterday, they were told that the machines will be worked on by midday.
Mr. Bwalya wondered why the Lusaka City Council officers operating at the site have changed the story that the machines are not operating due to lack of fuel.
Meanwhile, Lusaka DC, Davison Mulenga has since promised that government will intervene and ensure that operations at the country’s biggest landfill is normalised.
Capt. Mulenga said he will work closely with the local authority and other cooperating partners to find a lasting solution to the problem. And Cpt Mulenga also visited some houses that were flooded after a heavy down in Zingalume compound in Matero constituency and assured the victims that government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will render assistance to the affected residents.
He explained that lack of a proper drainage system has resulted in the area to experience flooding that has affected most parts of the compound.
Cpt Mulenga who is also District Disaster and Mitigation Committee Chairperson noted that he will engage the Road Development Agency and the Lusaka City Council to work on the roads and the drainage system worked on as soon as possible to avert such kind of disasters.