First Lady and founder of Beautify Malawi(Beam) Trust Getrude Mutharika on Wednesday described the situation at Lilongwe dump site as pathetic.
She said this when she visited the dump site to appreciate the challenges Lilongwe City Council (LCC) is facing there.
“I am not happy with the situation here. We want the place to look beautiful. Beautify Malawi Trust works together with councils to make sure that the city looks clean,” said Mutharika.
She then said the council has plans to remove the trash that has been dumped along the road to the dumping site, adding that this would also help improve the health of people living around the area.
Lilongwe City Council chief executive officer, Moza Zeleza said his office is aware of the situation at the site, but attributed it to the current system of open dumping that the council uses.
He said: “We are using the old system of rubbish dumping, but we are working on the long term plan solution where we will dig trenches and the rubbish will be deposited in there, after that the compact vehicle would come and compress the rubbish then we will cover the site with soil.”
Zeleza added that the system is used by most countries and is environmental friendly as they would also plant trees after covering the rubbish.
He said they have already acquired some of the equipment to use on the dumping site, adding that they would also establish a new office site.
The situation is really out of hand as the place stinks badly since there is no supervision. n