Primitive water borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid give cause for Zimbabwe to adopt a holistic national clean up.

This was said by the Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba while addressing a press briefing on the national clean-up campaign preparations in Mutare.

She said challenges of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and other poor waste management ailments like malaria will continue to afflict Zimbabwe if there are no subsequent national clean up events.

“Indeed we are preparing for the national clean-up day and there should be a massive stakeholder involvement in the cleaning of areas countrywide on the day. I urge all stakeholders in Manicaland to fully participate in this noble initiative, which will be led by His Excellence, President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” she said.

“As a province we are also preparing to conduct clean up campaigns at all levels in the province, replicating the national event. For instance we intend to clean our environment every first Friday of every month,” Dr Gwaradzimba added.

The Minister also urged members of the public to bring requisite clothing for the clean-up event and urged employers to allow their employees to participate in the national clean-up campaigns.

She said there is need for a new culture on waste management in the province and the country as a whole.

In Matabeleland North, the provincial launch of the national clean-up campaign has been scheduled for Lwendulo village in Hwange with stakeholders called upon to support the initiative so that the country can attain a clean status that is favourable for growth.

Matabeleland North Minister of State, Cde Richard Moyo said citizens should embrace the clean environment concept as it is key to good health and social growth, adding that everyone should be part of activities on Wednesday.

Participants were urged to make sure they come clad in relevant attire that will allow them to easily execute the tasks at hand.

Running under the theme: ‘Zero Tolerance to Litter – My Environment, My Pride,’ the national programme is part of efforts by the government to create and maintain a culture of a clean and healthy country.

The campaign is expected to cascade to every districts.