Written by Millennium on August 3, 2019
LILLIAN CHIKANDI writes
THE continued scavenging of expired foods by some residents at the dump site in Chirundu has worried Sub-Chief Sikoongo Peter Choonga.
Mr Choonga said it was worrying that some people had continued to invade the dump side in his village to scavenge for foodstuffs oblivious to health challenges.
Headman Choonga said it was dismaying to see residents scrambling for expired products despite the vigorous sensitizations and education on dangers of consuming disposed foods.
He was afraid that most people consuming that food would catch diseases and this will have a negative effect on Zambia’s development.
Mr. Choonga expressed concern and was wondering how long it would Chirundu health authority to fence off the dump site.
“This is a big problem that requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders to stop,” he said
He further expressed displeasure that despite persuading the council to move the dump site to the new area n, nothing had moved since then.
“The chiefdom and the council entered an agreement to secure the area by fencing it and put a lockable gate but shockingly the council has not met this agreement.
“There are a lot of things disposed such as pharmaceutical items like used bandages and children are picking that, it is very risky I fear for my people,” he said.
Headman Choonga promised to engage the council over the matter again.
Meanwhile, headman Choonga has expressed gratitude on the construction of roads at the new government complex and confirmed that the works were progressing well.
He said the face and shape of the new township has changed adding that this is the kind of development people were yearning for a long time.