ALL civic leaders need to take an active role on sensitising members of the community on HIV/AIDS, especially the youth, if we are to contribute to ending the scourge by 2030, says former Lusaka mayor George Nyendwa.
Mr Nyendwa, in his farewell speech, appealed to all civic leaders to scale up the awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS in their respective communities particularly aimed at reaching out to the youth.
He said that following the decision agreed upon during the 2016, United Nations (UN) High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS that was held in New York and was attended by various countries among them Zambia had pledged political will to ending the vice by 2030, hence it was important that civic leaders took an active role to disseminate information on the pandemic.
“I would like to appeal to you, our civic leaders to take an active role on sensitising members of our communities, especially the youth on HIV/AIDS.
“My humble appeal is that we scale up the awareness, if we are to contribute to ending AIDS by 2030 following decisions that were agreed upon during the 2016 UN High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS political declaration to end AIDS by 2030,” he said.
Mr Nyendwa also encouraged the councillors to consult widely with the immediate past councillors in their respective wards for the continuity of projects as well as programmes that were initiated by them.
“I request for wider consultation with the immediate past councillors in respective wards for continuity of some of the programmes that they initiated.
He wished his successor Wilson Kalumba and his team wisdom as well as endurance in their execution of duties.
Mr Nyendwa also implored all stakeholders to support Mr Kalumba and his team of councillors their continued support as they endeavour to develop the city.