The National Clean-up Day entered 7th day today, with calls for the introduction of awards for districts and provinces that excel in sustainable waste management programmes.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who initiated the programme on 5 December last year, and declared every first Friday of every month the National Clean-up Day, was today in Southlea Park, Harare South, while several individuals, government departments and corporates marked the day in various parts of the country bringing sanity to the environment.
Mashonaland East Province
The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa was at Murewa centre, Mashonaland East province, where she said those who excel need to be rewarded.
“I urge authorities to reward councils and provinces that are doing good in waste management so as to promote a culture of cleanliness,” she said, adding that shop owners at growth points and towns are the major culprits in littering the environment.
Mashonaland East Minister of State, Cde Apolonia Munzverengwi commended Murewa Rural District Council for leading in waste management programmes as it is one of the first local authorities to have a proper dumpsite and refuse compactor.
“I would like to commend Murewa RDC for being a shining example in waste management and urge all local authorities to emulate them,” she said.
Harare Metropolitan Province
In Harare, the clean-up day was observed with zeal by many government departments, the private sector as well as the ruling Zanu PF party, as Zimbabweans strive to keep the country clean.
Various government departments including the ministries of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Health and Child Care, Foreign Affairs, Industry and Commerce, Primary and Secondary Education; as well as parastatals all gathered to clean the government complex and its surroundings.
The Minister of State in Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s Office, Cde Evelyn Ndhlovu extended the government’s gratitude to everyone taking part in the national clean-up campaign since its inception.
“I would like to thank all civil servants, the business community, civil society and the nation at large for embracing this initiative as evidenced by the hinge numbers participating in these monthly events,” she said.
Zanu PF also led by example.
“We are the ruling party and we lead by example, hence every month we partake in the national clean-up campaign,” said Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
Not to be outdone was the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), whose members of staff today partnered the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the Harare City Council and the Borrowdale Brook Residents and Rent Payers Association in cleaning at Helensvale Shopping Center in Borrowdale.
All the participants emphasised the importance of the cleanup campaign to the environment.
“We are happy to partner ZBC, ZRP, and Borrowdale Brook Residents and Rate Payers Association in the cleanup campaign. This is a good gesture that we should all embrace,” said Mr Percy Magawa, the Spar Zimbabwe Helensvale General Manager.
“The campaign has helped a lot by improving cleanliness in companies’ premises and in the whole country,” said Angie Nyatanga of the Borrowdale Brook Residents and Rate Payers Association.
Members of the Judiciary Service Commission joined Gweru residents and took the clean-up campaign to Kudzanai bus terminus in Gweru where a call to retain the city status was made.
Head of the team, the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said his ministry will not stand in the way of the establishment of environmental courts currently proposed by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).
Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Senator Larry Mavhima applauded residents for heeding the clean up call, while Gweru Mayor, Councillor Josiah Makombe admitted that the local authority is constrained in refuse collection, although it recently acquired two compactors.
“We are happy that residents have discovered value in cleaning their environment. As council, we are faced with problems in refuse collection owing to fuel shortages,” said Mr Makombe, urging vendors operating at the busy bus terminus to operate from designated points while paying up their rates for effective service delivery.
Matabeleland South Province
In the border town of Beitbridge, residents spent the better part of this Friday morning picking up litter and sweeping their surroundings.
Beitbridge Mayor, Councillor Morgan Ncube, who was part of the cleaning team, appealed to residents to stop the habit of throwing litter anywhere, saying this is defacing Beitbridge.
“Our town must be always clean and all residents must participate and stop littering and be responsible citizens. Our people must learn to use the available bins in the town so that a healthy and hygienic standard is maintained,” he said.
Some of the participants called for culture change amongst the people of Beitbridge and Zimbabweans in general to eradicate littering.
Environmental Management Agency (EMA) District Environment Officer, Mrs Nompumelelo Chigwinya said they will continue educating people on the importance of hygiene and a litter-free environment.
“We have a commitment to teach people on the importance of hygiene and cleanliness, so as an institution we will continue to do these campaigns till people understand their importance,” Mrs Chigwinya said.
The sprawling town of Beitbridge needs a committed effort to improve on cleanliness.
Matabeleland North Province
Cleaning the environment have transformed from being just a programme to become a way of life for Nyamandlovu and Tsholotsho residents.
A visit to Nyamandlovu revealed a united front, from the young to the elderly, in the quest to keep the environment clean.
In carrying out the cleaning exercise during a district event, villagers paid tribute to President Mnangagwa and explained that cleaning up was now a way of life.
The provincial clean up was held in Tsholotsho, where the Minister of State, Cde Richard Moyo challenged the district to aim for total cleanliness.
It was revealed that at the inception of the clean-up exercise, Tsholotsho business centre was one of the dirtiest but has of late drastically improved.