By Franco Mwachande Jnr
Mtandire youth group, Youth for Life Change and Development network on Friday cleaned up Bingu National Stadium ( BNS) where they cleaned some toilets and the open stands.
Poor sanitation has been a long-standing problem at BNS despite hosting crowd-pulling matches that generate revenue for the facility.
The organisation’s director Pastor Kondwani Chipeta said the clean up exercise is part of their two-year project targeting to improve sanitation at the stadium.
“As youth we thought it wise to come here at BNS to remove the waste because it is in line with the objectives of the project, which attempts to improve sanitation in public places,” Chipeta said.
The project will not only target clean up exercise, through the project the organisation has also planted 4 000 tree seedlings around the stadium as part of conserving environment.
“This is a place where we come to have fun and not to contract preventable diseases. So FDH bank have donated us with 4000 tree seedlings which we planted here.”
Representing Ministry of sports, Personal Assistant to the minister Charles Chapinga said cleaning up BNS is in line with the ministry’s core value of keeping the stadium clean and safe through proper waste management.
According to BNS acting manager Abilike Mwaungulu said the initiative will make the stadium very clean.
“We have signed a 2 years agreement with this organisation for doing this each and everyday for so you can see that challenges we were facing in making our stadium clean now can be history.
“My appeal to government and other organisations is to come in and assist these youths with equipment for their daily operations.”