United Democratic Front (UDF) shadow councillor for Chinamwali Ward in Zomba a Davie Maunde says politicians have a great role to play in promotion of hygiene in the areas they belong to.
The shadow councillor made this remark on Tuesday when he teamed up with the vendors of Chinamwali Trading Center in the city to carry the garbage that mounted at the market for about two months and throw it to the dumpsite.
Maunde said that if the people are exposed to garbage they are prone to the contamination of diseases as a result there will be slow in development in the country since sick people cannot work.
“The core purpose of removing this garbage to the dumpsite is to promote hygiene at this market so that people who ply their trade here and their customers are exposed to a high-quality market. It’s also our plan to increase the number of toilets at this market so that we maximise sanitation at this market,” he said.
On the other hand, Maunde has also rehabilitated some roads around Chinamwali that had been damaged with the rains by filling the potholes with quarry.
Chairperson of Chinamwali Market a Peter Malinda hailed Maunde for the cleaning.
“We are glad since this cleaning has come at a right time when our market was at puzzlement on what to do with this garbage for it has been here for sometime without the city officials come to our rescue. We express our gratitude to this shadow councillor and ask others to emulate his example,” he said.
In his speech, chief executive for Zomba City Council a Ali Phiri confessed that it has taken long for the city to remove the garbage at the market since its trucks were broken down but quickly said that the council has procured another truck to make best use of its operations of the council.
However, the chief expressed gratitude to the shadow councillor’s initiative in cleaning the market but hurriedly advised him to proceed with such activities soon after elections whether voted into power or not instead of doing bubblegum developments in this campaign period to woo electorates.
“We acknowledge the shadow councillor for this initiative for this is what the city council wants that it residents ought to support the city council activities. However, it’s my request that he continues with this soon after elections for the reason that Malawians are in need of servant leaders not politicians,” he said.