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Clean environment Blantyre is possible—Minister

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka says concerted efforts from all stake holders can win the fight against environmental degradation and pollution in Blantyre City.

Msaka (hands in pockets) gets briefing from Director of Engineering Grant Sichali (with papers) as Mayor and other officials listen

Msaka was speaking on Tuesday (May10, 2016) when he launched the Integrated Waste Management Project which aims at rehabilitating part of the sewer line in the City.

The Minister stressed the need for the private and public partnerships in making sure that there is proper waste management and disposal.

“We are in this together and my ministry will work hand in hand with all the City councils in abating the problem,” said Msaka.

The Minister also commended Blantyre City Council’s efforts in ensuring cleanliness and compliance with the thin plastic ban.

On his part, Mayor Noel Chalamanda thanked the Minister for considering Blantyre city as the first beneficiary of the Integrated Waste Management Project.

The Mayor said it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure proper waste management and disposal.

Said Chalamanda; “We are facing a lot of challenges in handling this problem and I call on every resident of the city to join us in ensuring a clean and healthy Blantyre.”

Chalamanda added that plans are underway to partner investors who will recycle the waste into profitable products.

The minister toured the Sewer pipes along the Mudi River and Blantyre waste treatment plant at Manase before the official launch of the project at the Civic Centre.