Written by  McDonald Chiwayula
Lilongwe based Civil Society Organisations in collaboration with the Association of  Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJ) earlier today cleaned up Central Bus Depot and surrounding streets.
AEJ and partners joined hands to clean up the Central Bus Depot AEJ and partners joined hands to clean up the Central Bus Depot
The exercise that was done in partnership with Lilongwe City Assembly aims to remind duty bearers of the need to up cleanliness as a way to contain wanton waste disposal choking water drainage systems in the city. 
In his remarks after the exercise, Secretary-General of AEJ, Charles Mkoka, said AEJ will always advocate, participate and partner with all environmentally-conscious organisations to live the dream of the national clean-up campaign.
"This exercise seeks to send a message that as humans, we have a role to take care of our surroundings and the environment in general. Together with city authorities in Lilongwe, we have made this impact on behavioural change. If sustained this will bring mindest change among the citizens in the manner they handle wastes in their business premises," explained Mkoka after the event.
He further added that the best approach is to engage business operators and vendors to be in charge of their premises as part of ensuring cleanliness. 
He added: "The vendors must be sensitised  to dispose of waste in appropriate dumping sites and strategically placed waste collectors that are in the city."
Some of the organizations that participated in the clean up include Malawi Creation Care Network, National Youth Network on Climate Change, Malawi Scotland Partnership and CISONECC. 
The Chakwera Administration has emphasised cleanliness and environmental protection. It seeks to inculcate a sense that every citizen must prudently manage accrued waste. 

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