Area 18 residents and those in other parts of Lilongwe who were made to consume water contaminated with sewage on Tuesday took to the streets as they marched to Lilongwe City Council and presented a petition demanding clean water in the area.
Last week, some residents of Area 18 had sewage-filled water flowing from their taps, a development which was later confirmed and regretted by Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) chief executive officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni..
In their petition, the Area 18 residents are demanding compensation for those who were affected.
According to council officials who received the petition on behalf of LCC acting CEO Charles Makanga , a response will be given soonest.
Following the incident, Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) held a public inquiry in Lilongwe to get the views of different stakeholders including Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), LWB, Lilongwe City Council (LCC) and the affected residents.
The LWB CEO attributed the existence of worn out and rusty water pipes , saying LWB is working on replacing the old pipes some of them which are over 50 years old.
The residents have meanwhile given Minister of Water, Agriculture and Irrigation, Joseph Mwanamvekha up to Friday to give them a response. threatening unspecified action if they will not be addressed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :