Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said he is shocked at poor waste management in Mzuzu City and suggested that the council should consider launching a Keep Mzuzu City Clean campaign.
Chilima is in Mzuzu where he is engaging Northern Region heads of parastatals and local councils on public sector reforms which are aimed at improving service delivery in the country.
“I have suggested to the council to strongly consider launching a Keep Mzuzu City Clean initiative where residents would be involved to save the city from its current state of affairs,” he said.
Chilima said he is also convinced that Mzuzu Airport still has the potential and capacity to handle aircraft that would export produce from the region such as coffee and beef in a short term arrangement.
“But for that to happen, the council must liaise with the Department of Civil Aviation to construct a fence so that the airport is no longer a footpath or a grazing area for cattle and goats,” he said.
The Vice-President has also directed that Sunbird Mzuzu Hotel be renovated as soon as possible as it does not reflect what a hotel ought to be in 2020.
According to Chilima, the consultative sessions which were in camera have agreed that each institution should submit a roadmap outlining what they want to pursue as a new reform, or any innovation that they intend to introduce to make their organisation competitive.
The document is expected to be submitted to his office by next week Wednesday.
“During the engagement, I also appealed to heads of these institutions to put shoulders to the wheel and serve Malawians effectively and efficiently. I challenged them that the next generation will hold us to account if we fail to rebuild this country despite all the natural resources that we have,” he said.
Mzuzu City Council Chief Executive Officer, Gomezgani Nyasulu, who was among the officials that Chilima engaged, said as matter of urgency, they will write Mzuzu University on how best they can treat some of the waste collected in the city.
“As a starting point we have a waste management facility which is being underutilised. So we would want to see how best we can utilise the facility so that it is able to add value. So with Mzuzu University we will be working out probable projects on waste management such as energy generation,” Nyasulu said.
Today Chilima is expected to engage the private sector as well as Small and Medium Enterprises based in the Northern Region to discuss and seek views on what role they can play in improving the reform agenda.