Govt intervenes on waste disposal

Govt intervenes on waste disposal

By Anjoya Mwanza

The Ministry of Local Government has urged councils in the country to partner with households and business communities so as to provide proper social economic services to citizens of Malawi.

Deputy Minister of Local Government Hon. Halima Daud said this over the weekend during an inspection visit to Blantyre City Council aimed at ensuring that there is provision of good sanitation and environmental services in the local authorities.

Daud said that in line with decentralization policy, councils are mandated to ensure that the environment is always clean hence there should be a clear and orderly way of disposing of waste in the councils.
She added that the Ministry’s role is to monitor and inspect the councils so that they are working in line with the decentralization policy.

“One of my Ministry’s mandates is to ensure that Councils are providing social economic services to citizens of Malawi which includes established good sanitation and environment services. The Ministry therefore has a role to supervise and inspect Councils to ensure that the Local authorities are effectively and efficiently providing the services,” said Daud.

Daud said that while the councils provide adequate waste collection containers, they should also ensure that they collect the waste to appropriate dumping sites in good time.

“On the other hand, households and companies should provide containers large enough to keep the waste until the next collection day as advised by the council,” explained the deputy Minister.
The Deputy Minister highlighted that sewer is also just one example of waste which needs proper disposal.

“It is sad to note that only 16 percent of the population of Blantyre City is connected to the sewer system. Companies and individuals should construct proper sewer system that connects to that of the council. On the same way, councils should repair the sewer systems so that they serve their populations.

The Minister advised the City Council to engage the citizens that live and work along Nasolo River to stop polluting the stream which also leaves Mudi River dirty and stinky.

“The Council should engage the people and companies so that all the illegal structures and toilets along the river be demolished. There should also be a proper way of investing from the waste,” she concluded.

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