Salima District Council has expressed concern over increasing cases of open defaecation and promiscuity along the beaches of Lake Malawi in the district.
In an interview on Sunday, district commissioner (DC) Rodney Simwaka said the situation is particularly bad in Chipoka and around Senga Bay.
He said: “We will come up with measures, including provision of cheaper paying toilets along the lake to control open defaecation.
“Our fear is that this [open defaecation] may eventually lead to an outbreak of cholera, dysentery and other waterborne disease if not checked.”
Simwaka said the council is considering introducing penalties for fun seekers and tourists who defaecate or make love in the open.
He emphasised that open love-making is immoral in Malawian culture, adding that the fun-seekers and tourists have potential to create moral decay in areas surrounding the beach.
Councillor for Chitala Ward in Salima North West Constituency, Everson Mpayani, said in an interview the outbreak of waterborne diseases could affect tourism hence, the resolution by the council. n