Mazowe Rural District Council has established a fire management committee which is composed of officers in the council, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police to deal with the perennial problem of uncontrolled fires.
The Chief Executive Officer for Mazowe Rural District Council, Mr Liberty Mufandaedza confirmed this initiative, saying they are working together with critical stakeholders and law enforcement agents.
â€œAs a council, we have put in place fire management committee that is aimed at dealing with the perennial problem of veld fires that have wrecked havoc in the district. We are working closely with EMA and the police,â€ said Mr Mufandaedza.
The councilâ€™s strategic plan is a response to the problem of veldt fires, which have become a major environmental challenge countrywide despite the holding ofÂ awareness campaigns every year for people not to destroy the environment by starting uncontrolled fires.
Although committees have been set up to fight uncontrolled fires, many would question the relevance and functions of these groupings as many hectares of pasture and sometimes property are destroyed by the uncontrolled fires.
Recently a haulage truck transporting cotton from Mazowe went up in flames destroying the crop and the committees were not there to assist.