LL City Council Takes a Tough Stand on Open Space Cultivation
The Lilongwe City Council has said it will take stringent measures to deal with people that cultivate in open spaces, road reserves, and undeveloped plots.
The council’s public relations officer Tamara Chafunya has said cultivation in such places which also creates security and health challenges, is illegal.
Meanwhile, social commentator Rafik Hajat has said that such alleged practices as cultivation occur because of the sub-standard state of the cities, urging authorities to build the cities to international standards.
In a statement that the Council released on Tuesday and signed by its Chief Executive Officer John Chome, the council is prohibiting all residents from cultivating in road reserves and undeveloped places.
Chafunya has warned they will not tolerate residents found contravening the directive.
According to Chafunya, farming in such places poses security and health threats to residents.
Social commentator Rafik Hajat blamed the council for failing to put in place workable solutions to end the vice.
Hajat says it's high time the council developed the city to meet international standards.
The Lilongwe City Council has made similar calls on street vending, car-washing, and illegal structures, which some people think that the council is not doing enough on enforcement.