A multimillion kwacha waste management plant is finally taking shape in Mzuzu, arresting public outcry over the dumping of garbage by council trucks in the overcrowded Mchengautuwa Township.
Construction of the modern facility worth 55 000 euro (about K27.5 million) from the European Union was supposed to end in December 2013, but only got underway in August.
The project at Nsilo on the northern borders of the green city has taken off with the construction of a K39 million perimeter fence, confirmed Plan International water, sanitation and hygiene programme manager Thoko Kaitane.
Kaitane attributed the delay to devaluation of the local currency, saying the commencement of the project was paused due to a sudden surge in prices of building materials.
“Despite the setback, the first phase, which includes construction of the fence, is going on well. Soon, we embark on the second phase which includes a landfill, stabilisation pond, sorting sheds, an office block and an ablution block within the fence,” said Kaitane on Wednesday.
The project is part of a Peri-Urban Sanitation and Hygiene (Push) project that Plan is implementing in conjunction with Mzuzu City Council and the Church and Society of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod.