LCC introduces night sweeping in the CBD
Casual wokers receiving instructions from the supervisors before leaving for the evening sweeping
The Council has introduced Evening Street sweeping in the Central Business District starting from 17 hours to 21 hours. The Acting Director of public Health Mr. Imwana Mwanamwalye confirmed the commencement of the sweeping programme and indicated that 60 casual workers will be involved together with four (4) drivers and four (4) supervisors. Mr. Mwanamwalye said the department of public health had no choice but to introduce the night sweeping programme because it had proved difficult to clean in the CBD during day time due to congestion of both human beings and vehicles. He said the CBD was always heavily populated during the day not only because of street vendors but also people who come from neighbouring districts to do business in Lusaka. He said where there was a huge population always there is high waste generation hence the CBD remains dirty most of the time because of high levels of patronage. Mr. Mwanamwalye said that the decision to begin sweeping in the night was quite ambitious considering that it had a cost implication attached. “If we are to try to make the CBD look a little bit better then we have to bear this cost, for instance the drivers and supervisors will be working double shifts hence they would require to be paid overtime. The vehicles that will be working will require extra fuel. Workers will require to be dropped at areas near their homes using light trucks,” he said. The Director however indicated that the sustainability of the programme would depend on the council’s financial muscle.”The department of public health has already began the cleaning and according to our programme the initial target is Lumumba Road and Freedom Way, depending how well we fair in these two streets then we will roll it out to other streets as well,” he said.
Wheel bins loaded in readiness for dispatch in the CBD
Meanwhile, Street Vendors Foundation Cooperative Society General Secretary Mr. Kedrick Siame has revealed that the vendors have agreed to compliment the Council’s effort by sweeping the streets in the CBD on Tuesday and Friday every week. Mr. Siame welcomed and commended the Council for coming up with the idea of sweeping in the CBD however he noted that the onus was also on the vendors to ensure that they maintain where they were operating from. “As a Foundation we have realized that we need to take responsibility of cleaning where were working from hence we have come up with this programme of sweeping the streets twice every week. We are also going to take part in the National Cleaning day which is the first Saturday of every month as directed by Government,” he said. And Steven Phiri a Lusaka resident commended both the council and the vendors for working together and called on the residents of Lusaka to support the council by avoiding littering. “At least something is being done it may not be the solution to the prevailing situation but personally I appreciate the effort. My appeal to all of us is that let us change the attitude, as Zambians we have this I don’t care attitude which is unfortunate,” he said.