THE image of Lusaka as a dirty city can only be changed if Lusaka residents dispose of their garbage in an orderly and careful manner.

Lusaka Mayor George Nyendwa has appealed to residents to exercise the ‘‘highest level of care and diligence’’ in the disposal of  garbage if Lusaka was to emerge as  one of the cleanest cities in Africa.

Mr. Nyendwa said the need for residents to keep the city clean could never be over-emphasised.

He urged the people in Lusaka to develop a common approach and desist from careless disposal of waste around the city.

“If we want to make Lusaka one of the cleanest towns in Africa, then we need to change our mind-set as residents. We shouldn’t dispose waste anyhow,” Mr. Nyendwa said.

He said the Lusaka City Council had always been committed in ensuring that the city was clean, stressing that the mind-set that most residents had concerning waste disposal was undermining the local authority’s efforts to keep the town clean.

Mr. Nyendwa appealed to Lusaka residents to partner with the LCC in making the city clean and reverse its perceived dirty image.

“Lusaka is perceived as a dirty city, but we can change that. The council has always been committed, but our people’s mind-set is undermining these efforts.

“People need to change, someone can buy a drink and just throw the bottle on the street,” he said.

He also called on the private sector to scale up its efforts and support the LCC in curbing the situation.

He said the private sector had an important role to play in achieving Zambia’s aspiration of making the capital city one of the cleanest in Africa.

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