Vice President Saulos Chilima Friday took part in a clean-up exercise for Blantyre District at Nyambadwe, just two days after the initial launch at national level by President Lazarus Chakwera.
As President Chakwera and his entourage were on a charm offensive in Pretoria where the Malawi leader met President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chilima joined Blantyre residents in clearing dirt, as did several other Cabinet ministers in many districts across the country.
“Let us clean our surroundings. Let us avoid littering anyhow. As they say, cleanliness is next to godliness,” he pointed out, adding that waste management has become a huge challenge of our time especially in towns, major centres and homes.
In Nsanje District, Information Minister Gospel Kazako underscored the need for unity among political parties, civil society organisations, chiefs and the citizenry regardless of affiliation if the campaign is to bear fruits.
“Unity is a recipe for positive movement for any nation and I was pleased to see different political parties attending this clean-up event and this is very good because matters of cleanliness are concerns of the society and not a certain political party and we need to continue with this unity for the sustainability of the campaign,” Kazako said.
Taking his turn, Senior Chief Malemia urged his subjects to ensure that water bodies such as rivers are clean.
“The Shire River for example, it is very unfortunate that our fisher men are throwing debris, plastics, mosquitoe nets and many other things that have a potential of affecting the aquatic life and silting the river,” he said.
In Zomba, some purported Democratic Progressive Party supporters, who had come to show support to legislator Grace Kwelepeta were heckling Minister of Industry Roy Kachale who presided over the event.
Transport Minister Sidik Mia was in Chikwawa District on a similar errand, where he said every person is responsible for disposing garbage of about half a Kilogramme each day, which is equivalent to 15 tonnes per person in a year.
The Clean-Up Campaign was launched in Lilongwe on Wednesday by President Chakwera with an aim of keeping the country clean.
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