The national clean-up campaign is attracting many admirers, with the Rwandese Ambassador to Zimbabwe describing the initiative as a step in the right direction.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared every first Friday of the month the national clean-up day to bring awareness to the people about the importance of staying in a clean environment.

Cde Mnangagwa implemented the programme after his visit to Rwanda, and the Rwandese envoy in Zimbabwe was full of praise for the initiative when he participated in this month’s clean-up campaign in Harare’s Glen Norah suburb on Friday.

“Rwanda started this initiative 10 years ago and so far our capital city, Kigali is regarded as one of the cleanest cities in Africa,” said Ambassador James Musoni.

The Glen Norah clean-up campaign was graced by various stakeholders who include residents, the Harare city council, Zimbabwe Republic Police and school children from the junior council to clean up areas close to Spaceman shopping centre.

The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Senator Oliver Chidawu encouraged the public to desist from throwing litter at illegal dumping sites.

“We want to support President Mnangagwa’s vision towards a safe and clean environment. We all need to have zero tolerance to litter,” he said.

Harare Mayor, Councillor Herbert Gomba promised to expedite the cleanup strategy by mobilising more resources towards garbage removal at all illegal dump sites dotted in the city.

We want to increase the number of our refuse compactors and earth movers so that we mop up every litter found on illegal dumping sites,” he said.

The clean-up campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of staying in a clean environment.