LUSAKA City Council (LCC) has appealed to Lusaka residents to take full responsibility of public facilities that it has erected in the city for their benefit.
Council public relations manager Mulunda Habeenzu urged the general public to report to law enforcers people that vandalise the council’s public facilities, such as street lights.
Mr. Mulunda said the council had a mandate and responsibility to provide public services in the city, but in all fairness people benefiting from these facilities also had a responsibility to protect and safeguard the facilities.
And Mwamba Chomba a Lusaka resident noted that if the council and residents worked together, vandalism could be a thing of the past.
Mr Chomba said the council was losing a lot of revenue in replacing the vandalised facilities instead of channeling the little available resources to new development initiatives.
He, however, commended the council for the installation of street lights around the city such as the entire stretch of Freedom Way.
And Charles Matafwali of Matero said Lumumba Road was one of the roads where street lights had been vandalised.
He said it was disturbing that some people did not value street lights meant to provide security to residents at night, adding that it was a major component of providing security to the general public.
He has urged the public and residents in the area to be reasonable and desist from vandalising street lights installed at a huge cost and stay away from vandalism of any kind.
Meanwhile, Peggy Banda of John Laing compound said vandalism of public property was retrogressive and that the council should not hesitate to apprehend offenders, but to allow the law to take its course on anyone that would be found wanting.
She said the council was determined to continue providing services to the general public despite many challenges.
She observed that the council always endeavoured to have working traffic lights, but a few days after fixing them, vandals came to break them.
Ms Banda, however, said there was need to stop the ‘‘blame game’’ and join hands to arrest the problem of vandalism that was draining the resources of Zambia.
LCC has embarked on a series of street lights maintenance works which would involve replacement of fused lamps and other related switch gears. This is not the first time that vandals had damaged street lights.