BY Nation Reporter
TWELVE people have been arrested by the Lusaka City Council for illegally disposing of refuse in the Bombay drainage in Lusaka’s Chaisa compound, says council assistant public relations manager Brenda Katongola.
Ms Katongola said the suspects were picked up last week and will appear in court soon.
She said council police picked up the four after they were found disposing refuse in the drainage.
She said that those who were earlier arrested were fined K450 each.
Ms Katongola has since warned the public that the council would not hesitate to arrest law breakers as some people were in the habit of disposing waste anyhow.
Last month LCC recruited 30 security officers to help increase public awareness and cooperation in problematic areas, especially on the Bombay drainage to avoid blocking the drains.
And Lusaka Town Clerk, Alex Mwansa, announced that the recruitment of the officers would help enhance the policing aspect of the sensitisation exercise and also to apprehend members of the public who will be found abrogating the law.
Mr. Mwansa said indiscriminate disposal of solid waste was an offence under Chapter 100 of the Local Government Act Cap 281 and Statutory Instrument No.125 of 2001 on hazardous waste management regulations which also encompassed the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Act No 12 of 1990.
“Council security officers are expected to arrest culprits who will be found dumping refuse in drainages and bring them to Civic Centre for prosecution,’’ he said.
Mr. Mwansa said the MCA-Zambia project largely focused on construction of secondary drains in the City of Lusaka.
The construction of drainages was being done under the Social Inclusion and Gender Mainstreaming (SIGM) and Information, Education, Communication (IEC) for the Millennium Challenge Account-Zambia (MCA) which was funded by Washington.