Mzuzu City Council’s failure to collect waste has compelled a councillor to use his personal resources for the desired clean-up.
Masasa Ward councillor Yona Mkandawire, who runs a solid and liquid waste business in the city, deployed his workers and trucks to remove piling garbage which puts both residents and visitors at risk of contracting sanitation-related diseases.
The councillor said he intervened because the council is failing to meet its obligations due to financial constraints.
“As an entrepreneur in the field of sanitation, I found it wise to help,” he said.
The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillor pledged to collect all the waste heaped in the city to give room to the council to get back on its feet.
He described the filthy mounds as an eyesore, saying he intervened partly to save the image of President Peter Mutharika.
When things go wrong, people rush to attack the President. But he cannot be on every spot to take note of the problems.
The council, which is struggling to pay its workers, has one skip carrier which often breaks down.
MCC spokesperson Karen Msiska said the council does not have funds for the refuse truck to undergo full maintenance. n