Liquid and solid waste business operators in Mzuzu have formed a group to speak with one voice on promotion of sanitation and hygiene in the city.
Mzuzu Waste Management Association (Mwama) has been spearheaded by the Synod of Livingstonia Development Department (Soldev).
The faith-based organisation is carrying out a peri-urban sanitation and hygiene project in partnership with Plan International and Mzuzu City Council.
In an interview, Mr Clean Malawi Waste Services proprietor, councillor Yona Mkandawire, said the city’s rising population of investors in the sanitation and hygiene sector cannot continue working in isolation.
“We thought it wise to come together and start speaking with one voice on a lot of issues affecting our businesses, including waste dumping rates, loans and others which can only be handled if we work together,” he said.
According to Soldev coordinator Daniel Nyirenda, the association is part of the project’s exit strategy.
“The association is in the process of being registered. When the project is over, the group will be there to promote sanitation and hygiene in the city,” he said.
The association is expected to be launched this month. n