Limbani Kalilani who is popularly known Tay Grin or Nyau King says he is committed to promote hygiene in public market areas within Lilongwe City Centre Constituency to prevent cholera outbreaks.
Kalilani, who is contesting for a parliamentary seat on a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket in the constituency, said this on Wednesday during a clean-up exercise at Nsungwi market in Area 25, Lilongwe.
He said that last year during the rainy season many people were affected by cholera and other waterborne diseases that put their lives in danger.
“As a shadow member of parliament to stand under DPP ticket during this coming tripartite election on May 21, 2019 for City Centre Constituency, I will ensure that all garbage in various market places are removed to avoid spreading of illnesses,” Kalilani said.
He added that he would be working together with Councillors, market leaders and community members among others to ensure that their societies are safe and clean through introduction of friendly waste management initiatives.
The Shadow MP requested Lilongwe City Council and Non-Governmental Organizations among others to work together with the government in fighting against waterborne diseases and provide good sanitary facilities and also improve healthcare services.
Area 25 Nsungwi Market Chairperson, Yusufu Sitala said as market leader he would discuss with fellow business colleagues at the market to maintain hygiene by removing all waste materials every two weeks.
He commended the aspiring MP for taking on board hygiene issues which he said was a big challenge affecting the health of some community members including business people.
“Most of the people in our areas do not have pit latrines and fail to clean their surroundings due to lack of civic education, but now we will try to follow hygiene practices as demonstrated to us today,” Sitala added.
Peter Makiyi who roasts fresh maize (Dowe) at the market pointed out the bad smell from waste materials affected their business because it keeps away customers.
“Many customers avoided buying our commodities because our surroundings were poor and full of flies that transmit diseases such as cholera and dysentery just to mention a few,” he observed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :