An environmentalist, Maloto Chinkombero, says it is disheartening to learn that Thyolo District Council has nowhere to construct a dumping site at a time garbage continues piling up next to the district's flea market.
Chinkombero wondered how the whole district council could lack enough land for such purposes, calling on the central government to swiftly engage estate owners to share some land.
"It's very unfortunate that this is coming from authorities that are supposed to have a land. But in this case, let me ask the Ministry of Local Government through the council to sit down with other stakeholders including the estate owners to find a place where this site can be constructed," he appealed.
Witness Mbendera, the district council's environmental officer, told Zodiak Online on Friday that two years ago, they tried to ask one of the tea estates to share a piece of land, but there has been no response.
"Lack of the site at the flea market came after another one was filled at a place where the stalled Thyolo Technical College sits. In short, the council has no dumping site," he said.
Mbendera added that currently one of the tea estates has also stopped the district council from dumping the refuse on its land which is behind one of the banks at the boma.
He disclosed this when he led some council officials in a monthly clean up exercise.
Chairperson for Thyolo District Civil Society Organisations, Willard Mwambo says having a permanent dump site it is very critical in enhancing sanitation and fight waterborne diseases in the district.