15 February 2013

Zambia: L/Stone Council Given Ultimatum

GOVERNMENT has given the Livingstone City Council (LCC) a one-month ultimatum to compel the business community to paint their premises ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.

Local Government and Housing Minister, Emerine Kabanshi said all unattractive buildings should be painted within the course of next month failure to which she would take appropriate action.

She was speaking on Wednesday when a team of Cabinet ministers met various stakeholders in the tourist capital to prepare for the UNWTO General Assembly.

"When I come here next month, I should find a clean city, while all dirty buildings should be painted. If the business entities fail to paint their buildings, I will ask the council to paint the premises," she said.

On street vendors, Ms Kabanshi said Government wanted to have constructive engagement with the traders based on mutual respect.

She said Government was committed to ensuring that vendors operated in a good environment.

Ms Kabanshi said her ministry had already disbursed funding to the council to improve sanitation in markets, roads, the drainage system, and street lighting.

The Southern Water and Sewerage Company (SWASCO) had also been given funds to improve water supply in the city ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly.

She said more than 250 bins would be sent to Livingstone to ensure cleanliness in the city, while five fire tenders would also be dispatched to the tourist capital.

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