The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has released one Benz truck to the Government that will be used to collect garbage around Lusaka in an effort to eliminate water-borne diseases.
CCZ General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya announced this morning during a Government Ministers’ Press Briefing in the Ndeke House Boardroom that the truck will be released with fuel and a driver.
Fr Chikoya said this is one way the CCZ could contribute towards Government efforts in alleviating the outbreak of cholera which has recorded at least 3,314 cases with at least 75 deaths countrywide.
Fr Chikoya said CCZ has also engaged its local and international partners and that so far over 78,000 Zambian Kwacha has been mobilized and will be channeled towards the elimination of cholera through the Ministry of Health.
And speaking earlier during the Multi-Sectoral Cholera Taskforce meeting in the Ministry of Health Boardroom, Religious Affairs and National Guidance Minister Rev. Godfridah Sumaili commended the work of Church Mother bodies in supporting Government in fighting cholera in the country.
Rev. Sumaili said the Church has been compliant with the Government by proactively sharing information about cholera, sensitizing and mobilizing the community in the cleaning exercise.
She has since encouraged everyone involved in the fight against water-borne diseases to back up their physical participation in the exercise with prayer.
And Lusaka Province minister Japhen Mwakalombe has categorically made it clear that street vending will no longer be tolerated in Lusaka.
Mr Mwakalombe said this includes car vendors who line up their vehicles along Katondo street and other streets in the Central Business District that the ban does not side-line them.
Mr Mwakalombe’s sentiment has been backed by Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale and Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya who said street vending has been banned in all towns across the country and that Law Enforcement Officers must be tough on all unruly citizens.
The Multi-Sectoral Cholera Taskforce comprises the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Water Development, Office of the Vice President, the Church, and Associations which include Bus Drivers and Markets.