By Vincent Gunde
In a drive to improve sanitation around Mponela trading centre in Dowa, the District executive council committee led by District Commissioner, Alex Mdooko, organised a cleaning up exercise surrounding Mponela market in the district.
The exercise which was the first of its kind , attracted participants from the Ministry of Health, council secretariat, police, Civil Society Organisations and some chiefs, among others.
However, the Dec cleaning up exercise was concided with repeated calls from the Friends of Dowa, a concerned citizen group for the district calling the council to do a similar exercise at the boma.
According to group’s lead advisor, Mr. Boxer Mnjale Chisale, he asked the DC, DHO and police O/C to take their time off walking on foot to inspect sanitation at the boma.
Mnjale said Dowa boma has no dumping sites for solid wastes, observing that wastes collected from the market are being dumped at a drainage behind the Dowa community centre ground which is posing a health risk to the nearby garage and peoples houses.
But speaking after the cleaning up exercise at Mponela market, the Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Development, Martin Pindamkono, said Dowa Dec embarked on the exercise as part of its social responsibility.
Pindamkono, appealed to vendors of Mponela and in other satellite markets to emulate the gesture by Dec saying as Dec, they decided to clean the trading centre inorder to disseminate messages that it is everybody’s responsibility to keep their trading centres clean as this also, fight some preventable diseases.
He said Mponela, one of the biggest trading centres in the district calls for cleanliness all the time, but it’s unfortunate that it is becoming filthy due to the growing population, hence everyone to take part in cleaning the trading centre.
One of the business person who ply his trade at Mponela market, Salani Dzimbiri, applauded the Dec saying what was demonstrated will help improve cleanliness at the trading centre.