Mzuzu Council to privatise waste management

Mzuzu City Council wants to engage private companies or individuals to compliment its provision of sanitation and waste management in peri-urban areas of Chiputula, Zolozolo West and East.

The council is looking for among others established business in the provision of sanitation services such as Pit emptying, Latrine construction and waste management.

Ironical the city stopped providing such related services like refuse collection and Pit latrine emptying citing budgetary constraints.

Mzuzu’s sewer system is in poor condition, and sanitation and refuse collection are mainly concentrated in the formal areas. The informal settlements heavily rely on Pit Latrines and most of excreta from these latrines end up in streams and rivers leading to high water pollution and soil contamination.

But the Council, which has partnered with, the WATSAN Centre of Excellence of Mzuzu University, Opportunity Bank and WASTE of Netherlands, have formed a consortium called Sanitation in Peri-Urban Areas (SPA).

The consortium has engaged a consultant who going to recruit qualified firms and individuals for the Job.

“Prospective local utility operators will enter into an exclusive contract with the Mzuzu City council and shall be provided with support in Sanitation and business development,” reads part of an advert flighted in the local press.

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