LUSAKA City Council (LCC) has challenged Lusaka residents to take full responsibility of protecting and safeguarding public facilities that the council erects in the city.
LCC public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzu urged the residents to report to law enforcers vandals and any suspicious persons so as to deal with criminals that vandalise the council’s public facilities, such as street lights and traffic lights.
“The council has a mandate and responsibility to provide public services in the city, but in all fairness people benefiting from these facilities also have a responsibility to protect and safeguard the facilities,” Mr. Habeenzu said.
He noted that if the council and residents could work together, vandalism could be a thing of the past.
Mr. Habeenzu said the council was losing a lot of revenue replacing the vandalised facilities instead of channelling the little available resources to new development initiatives.
“It is like we are not moving; we seem to be doing the same thing over and over again, instead of making progress we keep losing money on same things,” he said.
He said the council always endeavoured to have working traffic lights, but a few days after fixing them, vandals came to break them.
“The council is determined to continue providing services to residents despite these challenges. But together, as residents and the council, Lusaka City can be a better place to live and do business in.
Mr. Habeenzu said there was need to stop the ‘‘blame game’’and join hands to arrest the problem of vandalism that was draining public resources.