The PF has destroyed the natural flow of Mumana river through unplanned infrastructure development and poor drainage systems. The forests and aquifer on either side of the road clearly serve their purpose. This is an environmental hazard and risk
Can’t you write something that will help the situation? I am pretty sure next time you will blame the PF for your own failures. Don’t be obsessed with the PF. How do we solve this problem of drainage? Personal discipline and hygiene. Period
Zambians deserve all of this. They’re not even about to learn any lesson from this. Who was not seeing the gravel cleared from drains being heaped on the sides of the same drains from engineers, council officials etc? Come on, this is a logical result of wht happened in the past. Live with it.
No, it’s the same all over, you think Zambia is the only place where you have to do things over? While the ‘developed’ western nations are playing the money go round and having silly little spats, you can invest in water recycling technology. 90 % of potable water in Singapore is recycled.
In my opinion the answer to all the comments – corrupted and corruptors.
Our newly constructed drainage on lake rd is already blocked from debris left by the contractor. Those of us living on this road have suffered unprecedented mosquito infestation as a result of this; whole passers by have turned the new drainage into rubbish pits for plastic bottles, paper, easy toilet reliefs etc. Please help.
Jane, I’m sorry to hear this. Not only do our engineers fail to dishing and construct decent things, they even fail to supervise contractors. This is probably the only country where a contractor does works and doesn’t cart away debris. If I were President, the first institution I’d withdraw legal recognition is the engineering institute of zambia ( and deregister the purchasing and supply etc for enabling corruption) they get their act together and get their members to perform better. The soil contractors leave on top of drains (including council drain clearing efforts by the way), become loose silt when it rains, flow down stream and make the drainage problem worse than it was. That’s before the garbage compounds the situation. So why do RDA and councils allow loose soil and waste to be deposited on top of drains where they’ve just been dug up? They even allow them to mix cement on bitumen paved road! Indeed what’s happening to Common sense in Zambia!
Where are our esteemed civil engineers? We have some seriously incompetent professionals. They can’t even design drains in new buildings like new malls! This country is in crisis. With all this water going over our roads, this means all the investment in new roads is going to be wasted. The roads will all begin to fail especially given all the shortcuts the Chinese contractors used to recover the money they paid in kickbacks and bribes. Dig up and open up covered drains. We can’t manage them. Clear blocked drains and get households living near the drains to lead in this work to prevent garbage disposal in drains. Ban concrete wall fences that channel water and turn them into rivers. Ban concrete driveways that prevent water draining into the ground. Common sense stuff will get us almost halfway to permanent solutions.
All this water is going to waste instead of being harvested.
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