Authorities at Lusaka City Council (LCC) have disclosed that they are working round the clock to clear huge piles of garbage which has accumulated at Chunga dumping site in Lusaka.
LCC Assistance Public Relations Officer Mulunda Habeenzu said the council, in conjunction with the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), was working to ensure that the situation at the site was corrected urgently.
Mr Habeenzu said the DMMU has given the Lusaka City Council graders to remove the waste.
He said the council will be working even in the night since the DMMU equipment will only be available in the evenings.
He said the machines will be busy during the day because DMMU also has an enormous task of constructing drainages in the city.
Mr. Habeenzu explained that Chunga dumping site becomes so wet during the heavy rains that it becomes difficult for vehicles to pass without getting stuck hence the accumulation of huge piles of garbage at the site.
And Mr. Habeenzu has advised Lusaka residents to desist from throwing garbage in drainages because the refuse blocks water passage channels.
He said the community should also work with the council and ensure that the problem of waste materials was addressed once and for all.
He explained that members of the community should also play a role in helping the council to fight the problem of garbage accumulation and drainage blockage.
He said Lusaka residents should stop blaming the Lusaka City Council all the time because the local authority was trying all it can to provide necessary services to the community.