The President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on Zimbabweans to actively participate in the monthly National Clean Up Campaigns that were launched in December last year.

Addressing Zimbabweans who took part in the monthly clean up at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare today, the President said the spirit and habits of cleanliness should be nurtured in both girls and boys to ensure that children grow up with good habits that also nurture clean minds and a good heart of love and unity.

After the launching of the National Clean Up Campaign three months ago, President Mnangagwa showed that there is no going back on the issue, leading by example.

The President said the clean up exercise should not only be undertaken where dignitaries are gathered but at every place where Zimbabweans are gathered.

President Mnangagwa also condemned the habit of throwing rubbish out of windows of moving vehicles which leads to the littering of highways and roads saying anti-highways littering should also receive due attention.

He spoke of the progress that Rwanda, one of the cleanest countries on the continent, has made in ensuring clean surroundings through such a clean-up campaign which began a few years ago.

The African country has also introduced no barefoot campaign where no Rwandan is allowed to walk without shoes and the introduction of metal roofed rural houses and zero grass thatching.

The clean-up campaign began with the President planting a natal mahogany shed tree – ‘Mutsvikiri’ in Shona, an evergreen tree which is used for providing shed.

The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo also planted another natal mahogany tree.

The entourage which included Defence Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube and two Deputy Chief Secretaries Cde George Charamba and Ray Ndlukula, the Permanent Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana and others proceeded to Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Ward where President Mnangagwa cleaned window seals and removed cobwebs before stopping by to congratulate some mothers and their bundles of joy.

One young mother Junior Dhliwayo with her two bundles of joy was all smiles as the President presented her gift for the two bubbling baby boys.

It was also a touching moment when the President Mnangagwa consoled Mrs Lissy Mbaluku who had a still birth.

After the clean-up and the tour of Mbuya Nehanda, President Mnangagwa directed that a plan be put in motion to revamp the Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Department and re-equip it with beds, linen as well as repainting and redoing the floors.

The National Clean-Up Campaign is expected to see Zimbabwe sprucing up and gearing itself for better life under vision 2030.