Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzuzu City Constituency, Bennex Mwamlima, has said he is ashamed of the garbage that continues to pile up in strategic places in the Northern Region city.
Mwamlima said it is sad that Mzuzu City, which was once considered the cleanest in the country, has become synonymous with huge piles of garbage.
He was speaking on Wednesday when he joined ground labourers from Mzuzu City Council (MCC) in removing waste behind Mzuzu main market.
The lawmaker offered his vehicle to help in the exercise.
“I have been in the city for over 30 years. Other cities used to learn how authorities at our council were managing waste as one way of keeping the city clean. Today, I feel sorry for my city. I also feel ashamed when I go in other cities because our city is worse as far as sanitation is concerned.
“Garbage is everywhere; members of staff at the council are staying for more than three months without getting their salaries; funds mismanagement is the order of the day. This is shameful,” Mwamlima said.
Recently, MCC Director of Administration Chrispin Banda said there is need for collective efforts from other stakeholders and residents in making sure the city is clean.
He said following the recently launched Mayor’s Initiative, people are coming out to support the council in clearing garbage because the council has limited resources for the operation.