On 13th November 2020 while in Balaka, I attended clean-pp exercise event where Presidential Advisor on Youth and Arts Lucius Banda was the guest of honour to launch the district exercise.
I must admit I was a bit puzzled when residents did not join in enthusiastically when the delegation from NGOs, and government came to help with the cleaning of the township. Many were just standing and watching like it was some kind of a football match.
I found this reception very disappointing and got the impression that the residents felt it was not their responsibility to clean public places such as markets and roadside spaces.
To say the least, this is a poor attitude if we have dreams of making our country Malawi disease-free and in the best sanitary condition possible. Clean environment keeps people healthy.
Such people should know that a healthy environment is truly actual wealth. No matter how much money you have or want to enjoy life and work, your days can be really depressive if you are not healthy. A prime factor that affects your general health is a dirty environment.
Such an environment is teeming with allergens, pollution, dust and dirt. All these make you susceptible to respiratory ailments, trigger an asthmatic attack or lead to recurrent stomach problems. A clean environment keeps you healthy and allows you to enjoy life to the fullest.
We all know that Malawi is a very beautiful country and can be a magnet for tourism in every sector if every individual takes time to create the best environment around them. A beautiful, clean environment is not only pleasing to the sight, but attractive to visitors who in turn will become potential customers.
Let every Malawian remember their responsibility to making their environment clean, safe and attractive. Malawians should not always be waiting for the second Friday of the month to clean their surroundings. It should be a daily practice. Let us make it a habit.