ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Local Government Vincent Mwale says Government is developing a statutory instrument (SI) that will provide for the
banning of plastic bags which have become hazardous to the environment and human health.
Mr Mwale also said most peri-urban areas in Lusaka have continued to experience increased cases of preventable diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid due to widespread dumping of waste in drainage systems and open spaces.
Mr Mwale said this yesterday when he opened a stakeholder consultative meeting on solid waste management and drainage maintenance.
He said poor waste management practices and widespread dumping of waste in drainage systems and open spaces are major challenges the city of Lusaka is experiencing.
Mr Mwale said the high population growth in Lusaka needs to have sustainable system for solid waste management and maintenance of drainage infrastructure.
Mr Mwale said Government’s commitment to work with other partners to come up with solutions that will transform the management of solid waste and drainage maintenance.
He said such initiatives can also be rolled out to other local authorities across the country.
At the same event, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) resident country director Gigi Goodhart said Lusaka City Council’s capacity to collect, monitor, and enforce solid waste management is limited.
Ms Goodhart said as a result, large quantities of rubbish strewn throughout the city are a primary reason for poor drainage and flooding being experienced.
Millennium Challenge Account Zambia chief executive officer Pamela Bwalya is delighted that the organisation is implementing the US$355 million Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) project on behalf of Government, through a grant provided by the American Government.