By Rose Mahorya – Mana.
Mzuzu City Council (MCC) has said it was ready to get rid of garbage amassed at its Msilo Waste Management Site to contain pollution which led to its closure by surrounding residents, early January this year, as it posed a health threat.
Speaking during a Press briefing Monday, MCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MacCloud Kadammanja, said the Council was set to bury the waste once the community gives a nod.
“If they can grant us access, we have ways of disposing the waste at the facility. It is not true that the council breached an agreement with them as they claim.
We have honored our promises except to provide them a clinic because the District Health Office could not grant us permission to,” he said.
Mzuzu City Mayor, Kondwani Nyasulu pleaded with the community to open up the site and allow the council work on other management options.
“We have heap of accumulated waste in the city and public sites such as markets are the hardest hit.
“Ever since the facility was shut down, we have nowhere to dispose the wastes, they are just lying in the streets and with these rains, the city is at risk of water borne diseases because there is no alternative dump site,” he said.
Traditional Authority (TA) Mtwalo said the community around the facility was at fault in not engaging MCC first before taking things into their own hands.
“I must agree that the community needed to engage the council first before shutting down the facility and torching it.
“However, I think on the other hand there was an information gap; from the beginning, as a community, we did not know where to lodge our complaints in regard to the facility,” he said.
Msilo Waste Management Facility, officially opened in 2017, was constructed with funding from European Union and Plan International.