Kauma Primary School in Lilongwe has complained over the tendency of some people who have turned it into a dumping ground.
The school’s head teacher Charles Sabe said this when he addressed a meeting at the school.
“Apart from injuring pupils, the rubbish can also encourage the spread of diseases, especially during the rainy season,” he said.
Lilongwe City Council (LCC) does not collect waste from Kauma because it is outside of its service provision areas. As such, the area is characterised by stench from LCC sewer ponds and mounds of uncollected rubbish which councillor for the area Heston Yohane Zybion described as a source of health hazards.
He asked people in the area to come up with bylaws to punish “those who throw rubbish anyhow. We also need to find a suitable place for domestic waste and lobby Lilongwe City Council to regularly collect it.”
Group village head Kauma said he would call for a meeting to ask his people to stop throwing waste within the school’s premises.
Nation Publications Limited (NPL) is implementing a waste management project at Kauma with funding from Tilitonse Foundation.
The aim of the project is to build and strengthen community structures to promote active citizenship in waste management in the area.