Chilima takes Clean-up initiative to Blantyre City: ‘Let us join hands to develop and clean Malawi’

State Vice President, Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC)  on Friday took the National Clean-up Day initiative to Blantyre City and has called for collective action in cleaning the country to make Malawi a better place to live.

Chilima tours pavilions for waste recyclers ands re-users at Nyambadwe primary school ground in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Chilima tours pavilions for waste recyclers ands re-users at Nyambadwe primary school ground in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Comedians Jacob and Winiko insipire the gathering during the launch of clean up day in Blantyre-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Chilima officially launches Blantyre City Clean-up Day Initiative at Nyambadwe primary school ground-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Deputy Minister of Local Government, Halima Daud gives her remarks during the launch of the clean up day initiative in Blantyre (c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
MP for Blantyre Malabada, Constituency, Ismael Mkumba gives his remarks during the launch of the clean up day initiative in Blantyre (c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana
Chilima sweeping the waste taking the same to waste skip and attracted cheers among hundreds who witnessed the campaign’s launch in Blantyre.
Chilima dressed in work gear clearing and shovelling waste into wheelbarrows and taking the same to a nearby waste skip.
Chilima dressed in work gear clearing and shovelling waste into wheelbarrows and taking the same to a nearby waste skip.
Chilima takes wheelbarrow-load of garbage to a skip
Chilima empty out garbage into a skip

Chilima launched the  Clean Up Initiative for Blantyre City at Nyambadwe Primary School, saying waste management has become a huge challenge especially in towns, major trading centres, market centres and even in people’s homes.

The campaign urges Malawians to sweep and clean their homes, workplaces and other community surroundings ever y second Friday in a month.

“Statistically, on average Malawi generates an estimated 0.5 Kgs of waste per person per day, which translates to 633 fifteen-ton vehicles of waste being produced every day.

“In cities the problem is even worse. For example, Lilongwe City alone generates about 500 metric tons of waste (33 fifteen tone lorries) per day while Blantyre City produces about 450 tons of waste (30 fifteen tonne lorries) per day,” pointed out Chilima

He said given the prevailing poor waste management in the country, such statistics remain a “matter of grave concern.”

The country’s second-in-command, observed that Malawi cannot be called a safest place to live if people are not cleaning places where they live and manage waste to prevent outbreak of diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.

He urged citizens to avoid littering anyhow.

“Let us all embrace this exercise. Let us clean our surroundings. Let us avoid littering anyhow. As they say, cleanliness is next to godliness,” said Chilima.

He said government is encouraging every person regardless of their political, social or cultural affiliations to take the responsibility of ensuring that their surroundings like homes, schools and hospitals are cleaned up,.

Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms,  said the development is the only way of preventing diseases like cholera thereby saving money which would have been used to treat such diseases.

The Veep then advised the general public to remain patient on promises which Tonse Alliance made during June’ fresh presidential elections campaign.

“I know, we promised creation of one million jobs for the youth, provision of soft loans and reduction in passport fees among others. But I urge you to be at ease because different mechanisms are being put in place to make these a reality,” he said.

In his remarks, Member of Parliament for Ndirande Malabada Constituency, Ismail Nkumba, of United Democratic Front (UDF) thanked Chilima for gracing the launch of the initiative in the area pledging, concerted efforts to keep the surrounding clean.

“I believe cleaning up the area is a collective responsibility of everyone. As such, we will make sure that we spearhead the initiative at all places to promote health well-being of the communities,” he said.

Mayor for Blantyre City, Wild Ndipo, emphasized that it is only healthy people who can meaningfully participate in the development of any country including Malawi.

He, therefore, assured the gathering that the initiative will not die a natural death.

Earlier on, the Vice President accompanied by other distinguished dignitaries participated in a cleaning exercise at Ndirande Post Office and also toured pavilions for waste recyclers and re-users.

President Lazarus Chakwera launched national Clean Up Campaign on Wednesday in Lilongwe under the theme “A Clean Environment: My Right, My Responsibility”.

Environmental consultant Robert Kawiya, Movement for Environmental Action (MFEA) interim leader Matthews Malata, Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (Cepa) programme manager Gloria Kamoto and Parliamentary Committee for Natural Resources and Climate Change chairperson Werani Chilenga  has since welcomed the campaign, but stressed that industrial pollution should be tackled. – Additional reporting by Memory Chatonda, Mana

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Mphatso M
Mphatso M
5 months ago

Dr. Chilima is truly a great leader, who leads by remarkable examples.
Our Vice President is the ‘ Pride of Malawi’, and undisputably humble.

Let us all love our country , the warm heart of Africa, by emulating how our President and the Vice President loves Malawi.

May God bless Malawi, keeping it a land of peace!

Zio ine
Zio ine
5 months ago

Chilima said a lot of idioms and shows there is something amiss in the tonse. I recall when problems started in the DPP he began to speak in parables. Then later hell broke loose and now it seems to me history is repeating itself.

Hello!!!
Hello!!!
5 months ago

Bwana VP,
If possible, visit the dampster (Mtaya)) in Area 38 in Lilongwe for you to appreciate the waste management problem Lilongwe is facing. Imagine garbage being damped along the road and sometimes even on the road!!!

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
5 months ago

Chilima is busy seeking attention instead of dealing with the root cause of the garbage piling problem. As we speak, capital hill is not functioning because IFMIS crashed four weeks ago, and no payments are being made and yet Chakwera and Chilima are busy trotting around, business as usual. Kodi mesa munkati chilima ndi dolo wa ICT? Nanga bwanji sakuchitapo kanthu pa kugwa kwa IFMIS? Rains have started and the fertilizer distribution is at less than 7%, what kind of leadership is this? And zija za 1 million jobs ndiye iii just forget. UYU ZEZE WITH HIS LOUDMOUTH ABUSA CHAKWERA… Read more »

Bondo
Bondo
5 months ago

Good PR stunt but treating a symptom rather than cause of disease. Typical of clueless leaders

Maga
Maga
5 months ago

Did those in suits know where there were going b4 leaving their homes?

Malawi
Malawi
5 months ago
Reply to  Maga

You need to attend leadership and office management course….

Mpemba SDI can provide that basic course my friend…

Khima
Khima
5 months ago

Komatu ife a Malawi tinalodzedwa shuwa ndithu..atsogoleri mmalo mopita ma city council akazimvele what is going wrong with waste management system and what government can do to them to work, is it an issue shortage of dump trucks, staff, fuel, or setting up dump sites each and every location??? ai ndithu koma izizi…without a sustainable waste management system tikhalila kuola zinyalala…ambuye atichitile chifundo.

zomba womba
zomba womba
5 months ago
Reply to  Khima

Please don’t drag God into this. He is busy with serious issues. Please! Please! Chonde!

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