Po­lice road­blocks lit­ter hotspots Ema

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Big Read/national News - Lo­ca­dia Mavhudzi Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

THE En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (Ema) has noted with con­cern that po­lice road­block points along ma­jor high­ways are be­com­ing lit­ter hotspots, a sit­u­a­tion that re­flects badly of po­lice at­ti­tude to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes.

Speak­ing dur­ing a ZRP/Ema na­tional stake­holder ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shop in Kwekwe last week, Ema Ecosys­tems Pro­tec­tion and Solid Waste Man­ager Mr Christo­pher Mushava urged ZRP mem­bers to con­sider en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes se­ri­ously and ar­rest peo­ple who throw lit­ter at un­des­ig­nated points.

“It is dis­heart­en­ing to note that some po­lice of­fi­cers throw lit­ter at road­block points or let per­pe­tra­tors of lit­ter­ing go scot free. It is your duty as law en­force­ment agen­cies to spear­head en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship,” said Mr Mushava.

He said en­vi­ron­men­tal law was one of the ar­eas of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice but law en­force­ment agen­cies in­clud­ing the ju­di­ciary were least equipped to han­dle it, whether by way of con­cept, pro­ce­dures, back­ground in­for­ma­tion or ac­cess to rel­e­vant ma­te­ri­als

He said while judges are crit­i­cal in ar­bi­tra­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion they can­not achieve this man­date by them­selves.

“Their knowl­edge of the facts rests on the ev­i­dence be­fore them, and their un­der­stand­ing is in­formed by the is­sues and ar­gu­ments pre­sented. In­deed even a well in­formed and ef­fec­tive ju­di­ciary amounts to rel­a­tively lit­tle if cases are not brought for­ward to the courts,” he said.

“Law en­force­ment agen­cies such as ZRP, is there­fore one of the crit­i­cal build­ing blocks to­wards a clean, safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment as pro­vided by Sec­tion 73 of the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

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