By Yamikani Harji, MACHINGA
The prevailing economic mess is reportedly frustrating successful implementation of the highly billed but flopped National Clean-Up Campain especially in remote communities of Machinga District.
Interim District Environmental Officer, Andrew Kaitano Hamuza disclosed this on Tuesday; saying lack of funds has left the initiative with no equipment thereby slowing down the drive to attain improved hygiene and sanitation.
“We are incapacitated in terms of funds to procure personal protective equipment and this is very challenging for us. Even fuel is becoming a challenge as we are failing to supervise the work in our respective sites.
“We wish we had more stakeholders coming in to give us a hand for a cleaner environment is an ideal,” lamented Hamuza.
However, Hamuza asked authorities at community level to start using the locally available resources to ensure the initiative keeps going.
The Radar understands the office needs at least K300 000 per month to carry out the work within the district.
Senior Chief Kapoloma pledged to work hand in hand with the office so that his subjects are safeguardes from communicable diseases that come due to unhygienic environments.
Meanwhile, Machinga District Hospital Publicist Ongani Nyirenda hopes the district will reduce episodes of diseases that are transmitted around unhygienic environment if the initiative succeeds.
He admits the district is still grappling in the fight against unhygienic related diseases as Cholera, Scabies , diarrhoea as well as Malaria.
With hype and pomp, President Lazarus Chakwera launched the clean up exercise at Chinsapo Ground in Lilongwe but environmental rights activists cite lack of direction, strategy and political will for its success.