Govt launches clean city award for hygiene promotion

By Chisomo Phiri

In its quest to promote hygiene in all country’s cities, towns and municipalities, the government through the ministry of local government on Friday launched the Clean City Award, to be held each year.

Launching the initiative was Minister of Local Government, Unity and Culture, Richard Chimwendo Banda in Salima town when he led officials from his ministry and people of Salima District in a sweeping exercise as part of the National Clean Up Day.

Chimwendo said, through the initiative, the cleanest city,town or municipality in the country will get a trophy and a development project for the city’s market.

He said, development cannot take place in a city which is not clean and safe.

The minister urged business people, residents and market users to support the initiative by cleaning their surroundings frequently to avoid diseases that come due to poor hygiene.

” Let us all encourage hygiene in our towns and cities.

“We want our cities and towns to be clean and to be free from diseases such as cholera,” he urged.

The National Clean Up Day which was launched in 2020 by President Lazarus Chakwera in Lilongwe is a day which is observed every Friday of every second week of the month.

The day is observed in every district as a way of keeping the country clean and safe.