Zambia: Peace Cleaning Campaign
by Fabrice Djimadoum
The Universal Peace Federation – Zambia Chapter in conjunction with Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Women’s Federation for World Peace, other providential organizations and the Lusaka City Council launched a cleaning campaign exercise under the theme: “Love your City, save it for future generations” on 15th July, 2017 at COMESA and Munyaule Markets respectively in Lusaka. Over 250 volunteers: Ambassadors for Peace, members of different providential organizations, youths, TOP GUN 43-workshop participants from several East Africa Region, marketers, others are the UPF Chairman, UPF Secretary General, the area counsellor attended to participate on the cleaning day following a 3 days cleaning sensitization campaign to the market vendors and traders.
The kickoff of the event was held at Peace Embassy began with an opening prayer followed by Zambia National Anthem.
The event was opened by a reminder on the importance of cleanliness by Chairman of Universal Peace Federation (UPF), General Malimba Nathaniel Masheke as well as UPF General Secretary Rev. Rudolf Faerber.
Addressing the participants and all citizens, the Ward Area Councillor representing Lusaka Mayor, Mr. Luckson Sakala, urged them to change the mindset of throwing litter randomly by putting the rubbish in the designated bins in order to have a cleaner, safer and more hygienic environment in the city. He thanked UPF for helping the city to make it clean and urged the organization to continue to be a good example of cleaning campaign. He further appealed to all citizens of Lusaka.
He finally exhorted all to observe cleanliness which is next to godliness by changing the attitude and behavior towards the management of waste generated in market places.
In closing the campaign, the Chairman of the UPF, encouraged the participants to continue laying a solid foundation in maintaining the cleanliness of the environment for the sake of the future generation. He said that God has given us the responsibility to take care of our environment and nature which is the third blessing.
Finally, Mr. Dan Mwila – the Chairman of Kanyama Development Constituency, thanked the UPF and all the participants for showing in deeds that we can do better for our city if we learn to live for the sake of others.
Lusaka city council has contributed greatly by providing with loader, trucks and manpower for removing the garbage piled up by the participants.
The cleaning campaign will be monthly ongoing program to come up with a lasting solution to the city Lusaka as the exercise and will be extended to other areas of Lusaka and eventually in the towns and remote areas of Zambia.
The market vendors responded positively by cooperating with the volunteers in cleaning their market stands.
Volunteers to the event have appreciated and urged to keep consistency of the exercise.
The event was covered by major TV, Radio stations and newspapers and well reported in the TV news as good example. Several interviews were given to radio and TV stations.