The Lusaka City Council has failed to manage the public toilets under its care around the central business district, some Lusaka residents have claimed
They said all the public conveniences located around the town area including the Lusaka City Market are in total disrepair.
Ms Joan Kumwenda of Kanyama compound complained that the state of the toilets was against any hygiene standards required for a public toilet.
Ms Kumwenda said many people used the facilities out of need and not by choice as there were no other toilets around town.
She said the bad state of public toilets was clear testimony that the Public Health Department has failed to effectively run the facilities despite collecting huge amounts of money in user fees.
“They collect huge amounts of money but it seems the council has failed to utilize the funds to manage the facilities.
“Who is accountable for the moneys collected? And how is this money used in relation to maintaining the facilities? These toilets are in busy spots and we do not expect the excuse of lack of funds even for renovations in the case of Kulima Tower toilets,” she said.
And some bus drivers at Kulima Tower station have blamed political interference in the operations of the council at bust stations in Lusaka.
A named driver said most of those in-charge of the stations were cadres who were not employed by the council but have taken over the money collection exercise as an income for themselves.
He charged that most challenges at Kulima Tower were as a result of political interference including the drainage system which has completely broken down because of its size, and design as it floods he station whenever there was a heavy downpour.