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Businessman mobilises against poor sanitation

BUUMBA CHIMBUU writes

AN ENTREPRENUER has launched an initiative aimed at improving sanitation facilities in markets and peri-urban areas.

Mwila Lwando, chief executive officer of Live Clean Energy, said the initiative was also meant to support Government in the implementation of the Seventh National Development Plan through the provision of clean and safe sanitation in public and low income development areas.

The initiative, he said, was aimed at promoting universal health access by having clean sanitary sites and good sanitation facilities to create an environment that would enable people to live healthy and productive lives.

Mr Lwando was speaking recently in Lusaka during the official opening of the second phase of the project at Buseko Market near Matero.

The ecologically-frriendly toilet block built by Live Clean Energy initiative was officially opened by Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale.

“Last year we launched a similar site at Soweto Market and the site has serviced over 180,000 users. We hope we can do more with Buseko Market by making the facility part of the development and growth of this location,” Mr Lwando said.

At the same function, Mr Mwale said there were many benefits in partnerships in such projects if they were implemented.

“Live Clean is a great example of this; it provides that collaboration between local government and the private sector. It can indeed create positive results,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the initiative was commendable as it did not only the promote cleanliness, but also brought sanity and saved lives in communities from infections such as cholera.

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