—————-The Rotary Club of Chipata in Eastern Province has donated ten garbage bins to Chipata municipal council in an effort to step up the keep Chipata clean campaign in the district.
Speaking at the occasion, Provincial Permanent secretary Bert Mushala commended the club for partnering with Chipata Municipal council to keep Chipata clean through proper garbage disposal.
Mr. Mushala said this in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Permanent Secretary Zacharia Luhanga.
Mr Mushala said government is aware that the Rotary club has initiated several projects in Eastern Province aimed at providing services and material support to persons who are less privileged in communities.
“This is indeed a noble task that requires concerted efforts and support from all those concerned to plough back to the communities,” he said.
Mr Mushala however, urged the citizen and other stakeholders of Chipata to emulate the Rotary club by ensuring that the town is kept clean if it is to attain the city status.
The Permanent Secretary has since called on the resident to throw litter in designated places adding that the provision of the bin will assist to keep the town clean.
And speaking earlier, Rotary Club President Philip Phiri said the club saw the need to donate garbage bins to be put in strategic places for public use.
Mr Phiri said the council should ensure the bin are not stolen or used for other purposes other than that for which they were donated for.
He has since called on the council to ensure that there was regular empting of bins failure to which the whole purpose of keeping the town clean would be defeated.
And speaking when he received the donation, Chipata Municipal Council Mayor Goodson Thole praised the club saying the donation has come at the right time as the council was facing a challenge of garbage collection in the town Centre.
Mr Thole expressed optimism that the donation will go a long way in garbage collection adding that the council alone could not manage to provide the many functions it has been mandated to carry out without the support of other stakeholders.
He has since appealed to other stakeholders and the corporate world to emulate Rotary Club of Chipata by participating in nation issues.