Zalewa Roadblock Police have stressed the need for people in its catchment area to keep it clean and free of litter.
The police made the call on Thursday when students from Realpark Private Secondary Schools in Blantyre took to the streets of Zalewa in Neno District to beautify the ever busy roadblock vicinity.
Zalewa Roadblock Police officer-in-charge Bravo Chipelesa said: “This place was really dirty. I am glad that these students came to clean the place. Some say it is the council’s job to clean, but it is everyone’s job to ensure this place is spotless.”
Chipelesa, the students’ parents, their head teacher, director, councillor of Lisungwi Ward, Chief Zalewa and a few vendors joined the students in the sweeping exercise.
Realpark School director Nelson Chimtali said as a school, they wanted to lead by example in keeping the vicinity clean.
He said: “We were motivated by First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi [Beam] to keep our surroundings clean. We have asked chiefs to set by-laws that will ensure that anyone found littering pays a fine.”
Ward councillor Michael Mwale said the students and other participants made it a point to keep Zalewa attractive as most people pass when travelling between Blantyre and Lilongwe.