Vice President Retired General Dr Constantino Chiwenga says local authorities must do more to spread the gospel of the national cleanup campaign to solicit buy-in from residents.

Friday 5 July marked the 8th time the national cleanup campaign day has been observed by Zimbabweans.

Yet there are still misconceptions about the essence of the day, which is observed every first Friday of the month, hindering buy-in into the programme.

For some, if there is no money paid to clean their communities, there is no point in participating.

Others think it is a Zanu-PF event.

It is not all gloom however, with some residents having seen the light.

Vice President Chiwenga, in a speech read on his behalf, says government desires to see every Zimbabwean become part of the initiative.

Rome was not built in one day, and with the unwavering commitment government has exhibited in leading the national clean-up campaign from the front, it is only a matter of time before the desired results are achieved.