Blantyre City Council (BCC) will soon construct and rehabilitate more than 100 public conveniences with a view to improve the sanitation situation in the city, which has been compromised for decades, the councils public relations manager Anthony Kasunda has said.
Said Kasunda: “We have observed that very few public conveniences are fully operational and managed by the council due to various setbacks and shortcomings. Further to that, almost all public toilets are managed by private operators.”
He was quick to disclose that the involvement of the private sector does not mean the council has handed over the cleaning and sanitary responsibility to them.
Kasunda further hinted that the council wants to eradicate the rampant open defecation around households and on streets, a move he says will enhance and complement Beautify Malawi Trust’s (Beam) efforts of keeping the country’s surroundings clean and hygienic throughout the year.
Asked to shed more light on why private operators pay part of their daily revenue to the council, Kasunda said the revenue remitted to the council empowers it financially to provide services to city dwellers.—Malawi News Agency