Inkosi Chakhumbira Speaks Tough on Sustainability of ODF Status
Inkosi Chakhumbira of Ntcheu says existing by-laws will be applied to communities found defying or compromising the Open Defecation Free (ODF) status the area has just attained.
The traditional leader spoke this Thursday during ODF celebrations for the area at Namale organized by World Vision Malawi (WVM).
"We are happy that the area has attained ODF status. Let me warn communities that anyone found defying or compromising the by-laws set, be ready to pay a fine of eight chickens or a goat," said Inkosi Chakhumbira.
However, Inkosi Chakhumbira warned that he will relinquish the powers of local leader's under his jurisdiction if their subjects fail to adhere to basic hygiene practices.
Concurring the sentiments, Ntcheu District Council Chairperson, Councilor, Joshua Kwachera says the council remains vigilant to see to it the ODF status is maintained in the district.
"World Vision has done its part, it is now our responsibility to ensure that we sustain hygiene practices across the district," said Kwachera.
On her part, a representative of World Vision Malawi, Maggie Phiri said her organization being child focus, communities in the area need to continue observing good hygiene practices to combat the presence of waterborne related diseases amongst them.
Under its water, hygiene, and sanitation interventions, WVM has also declared areas of Inkosi Phambala, Ganya, and Masasa open defecation-free status.