‘Con­tin­u­ous’ EMA fines jolt Nkayi Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Mkhu­l­uli Ncube Chron­i­cle Re­porter Pas­tor Tawanda Mvere

NKAYI Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil is seek­ing part­ners to up­grade its dump­site to rid the area of lit­ter to avoid be­ing con­tin­u­ously fined by the En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Agency (EMA).

Speak­ing dur­ing a clean-up cam­paign held at Nkayi cen­tre re­cently, Nkayi RDC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Zim­babwe Ndlovu said they are look­ing for part­ners to work with coun­cil on the pro­ject.

“Our short term vi­sion is to up­grade our dump­site to meet min­i­mum stan­dards as con­tained in our statutes. How­ever to achieve this we need sup­port from stake­hold­ers,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said they have al­ready sub­mit­ted their ap­pli­ca­tion to un­der­take the pro­ject to EMA.

“We have man­aged to pro­duce a prospec­tus for our site and it has been sub­mit­ted to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency who have done their nec­es­sary re­views and we are now seek­ing funds to up­grade it,” he said.

Mr Ndlovu said the cur­rent dump­site was be­low stan­dard which has seen coun­cil be­ing fined by EMA on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. He ap­pealed to res­i­dents to pri­ori­tise pay­ing rates.

“If we can get as­sis­tance from res­i­dents and our stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing EMA we will be able to re­alise our vi­sion. Our long term vi­sion of course is to have a prop­erly con­structed and man­aged land­fill. This is a big vi­sion and I know to­gether united we can achieve it,” Mr Ndlovu said.

He said coun­cil has formed a waste man­age­ment com­mit­tee made up of var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing churches, busi­ness and the tra­di­tional lead­er­ship to fight lit­ter­ing.

“Al­low me to urge all of you to pri­ori­tise waste man­age­ment sys­tems, ad­her­ing to the refuse col­lec­tion sched­ule by prop­erly han­dling refuse at house prop­erty level and avail­ing it for col­lec­tion on set days,” said Mr Ndlovu.—@themkhust

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