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Chiwenga, Mohadi take gospel of cleanliness to Mvurwi, Binga

by Staff reporter
07 Mar 2020 at 06:42hrs | Views
It was a hive of activity yesterday across the country as citizens took part in the national clean-up campaign, with Vice Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi leading the exercise in Mvurwi and Binga, respectively.

Vice President Chiwenga commended Mvurwi town for being one of the urban set-ups that are now clean following the declaration of the national clean-up programme.

In a speech read on his behalf by Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri, VP Chiwenga called on other local authorities to adopt cleanliness.

"I applaud the Mvurwi business community for the active role you are playing in keeping this town clean," he said.

"It is my wish to see Mvurwi leading in innovation in waste entrepreneurship and building a business model on the opportunities presented by waste generation in and around the town." He encouraged all stakeholders to allocate resources towards waste management to make the country clean.

In Binga, Vice President Mohadi urged businesses to adopt zones in areas they operate in and maintain them to ensure a clean environment. The VP said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of State in his office, Davis Marapira, during the Matabeleland North provincial clean-up campaign at Binga Centre.

He also advised curio shop owners to explore new initiatives of producing their artifacts using plastic waste to reduce the current high rate of deforestation.

Binga is a popular tourist destination whose other attractions include the curio industry, which largely thrives on wood carving, art and craft selling.

Said VP Mohadi: "By so doing, you would have, as a district, contributed to the green economy we so envisage as a nation and the world at large.

"Binga is a fast growing centre premised on the expanding retail sector hence the need for the sector to exhibit an aggressive extended retailer responsibility towards post-consumer waste by placing litter bins in front of their shops for use by their customers."

Speaking during the same event, Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs Minister Richard Moyo said the success of the national clean-up programme hinged on everyone's commitment towards embracing the culture of cleanliness.

In Bulawayo, Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube led the clean-up exercise in Mzilikazi suburb.

She challenged residents to be proactive in cleaning up their areas.

"People should take ownership of this programme. It must never be our programme as Government because it is to the benefit of the entire community as Bulawayo and Zimbabwe," said Ncube.

She said there has been relative improvements in terms of cleanliness in the city since the programme started when a lot of used diapers were being picked up Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Tinoda Machakaire was part of clean-up as well as Environmental Management Agency (EMA) officials, security forces and schoolchildren among others.

In Matabeleland South, Provincial Affairs Minister Abednico Ncube led the main clean-up exercise which was conducted in Gwanda's Ward 7.

Addressing stakeholders at the end of the clean-up exercise outside Pelandaba Stadium, Ncube said: "Let us make cleaning a habit and let's not wait for the first Friday of every month. "Let's desist from littering the streets but rather let's dispose of litter properly."

In the Midlands Province, the clean-up campaign was held at Gokwe Centre.

Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavima encouraged Gokwe residents to observe clean-up days as per the Presidential declaration. He encouraged Gokwe Town Council to construct a standard landfill site.

Minister Mavima also said residents should improve on waste collection and venture into waste recycling as this helps in reducing waste.

In Kariba, Government departments, individuals and companies took part in the clean-up programme, which coincided with the Mashonaland West Provincial Africa Environment Day commemorations. Members of the Zimbabwe National Army Boat Squadron cut grass at a disused premise, which was harbouring animals and criminals. Some businesses cleaned outside their premises.

Speaking at the Africa Environment Day commemorations in Kariba's Nyamhunga Township, district development coordinator Mr Shepherd Marwei discouraged environmental degradation.

In Mbare, Public Service Commission chairperson Dr Vincent Hungwe, who led the clean-up, came face-to-face with raw sewage flowing all over Matererini and Matapi flats. He said as the practice of cleaning-up environs gains traction within communities, it should become a habit.

"As such, we need to concurrently educate ourselves on the need to look after the environment and desist from unnecessary littering.

"We owe it to future generations to pass on a healthy and clean environment," said Dr Hungwe. He alleged that police wanted to interfere with their programme, but they conducted it peacefully.

In Chipinge, various corporates and organisations took part in the clean-up exercise. Members of 33 Reserve Force Battalion, ZRP and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services led the process.

Source - the herald