BYO HOSTS CLEAN-UP CAM­PAIGN Zim­bab­weans urged to main­tain clean en­vi­ron­ment to curb dis­eases

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ex­er­cise at Spitzkop North Extension Ter­mi­nus, Mata­bele­land South Min­is­ter of State for Provin­cial Af­fairs Cde Abed­nico Ncube urged stake­hold­ers to up­hold the ini­tia­tive by the Pres­i­dent for ev­ery­one to clean their sur­round­ings.

“The Pres­i­dent de­clared that ev­ery first Fri­day of each cal­en­dar month is Na­tional Clean up Day. Dur­ing this day we are all ex­pected to clean our sur­round­ings. This pro­gramme in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­one be it res­i­dents, Govern­ment de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions.

“As the peo­ple of Gwanda let’s make sure that ev­ery month we take heed of this mes­sage and take part in the clean-up ex­er­cise. Let’s also be re­spon­si­ble and prop­erly dis­pose lit­ter by throw­ing it in bins not on our streets. It’s alarm­ing to see the rate of lit­ter­ing in this town es­pe­cially at our shop­ping com­plexes and busi­ness cen­tres. We have been clean­ing this ter­mi­nus and we picked up a lot of empty plas­tic beer con­tain­ers which had been just left ly­ing around the area,” he said.

Cde Ncube added: “To mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity es­pe­cially those who op­er­ate bot­tle stores and to ven­dors, make sure you pro­vide cus­tomers with bins to dis­pose lit­ter af­ter buy­ing from you,” he said.

He called on law en­force­ment agents to en­sure that crim­i­nals re­spon­si­ble for lit­ter­ing the streets were brought to book. Res­i­dents cleaned streets in the town while staff from Govern­ment de­part­ments and in­sti­tu­tions cleaned their work premises.

In Masvingo, most com­pa­nies took time off to clean their en­vi­ron­ment be­tween 8AM and 10AM yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter of State for provin­cial af­fairs Cde Ezra Chadza­mira led provin­cial heads in­clud­ing the Joint Op­er­a­tion Com­mand (JOC) and En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency (EMA) of­fi­cials in the clean-up cam­paign at Mashava Mine com­pound.

In Masvingo City Cen­tre, the lo­cal author­ity’s en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cer Mr Zva­pano Mun­ganasa also led coun­cil work­ers in clean­ing the Civic Cen­tre and Robert Mu­gabe Way.

No­table com­pa­nies and de­part­ments which took part in the clean-up were the Na­tional So­cial Se­cu­rity Author­ity (NSSA), Econet Wire­less and TelOne among oth­ers.

Speak­ing dur­ing the clean up ex­er­cise, Min­is­ter Chadza­mira hailed Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa for declar­ing Na­tional Clean-up Day, say­ing this will in­cul­cate a cul­ture of hy­giene in the cit­i­zenry.

“I would want to thank Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa for declar­ing clean-up day.

This will in­stil the spirit of clean­li­ness among our peo­ple. I urge ev­ery­one in Masvingo to ob­serve ev­ery first Fri­day of the month as clean-up day as es­poused by His Ex­cel­lency Cde ED Mnan­gagwa on De­cem­ber 5 last year,” said Min­is­ter Chadza­mira.

There was sim­i­lar clean­ing in all the seven dis­tricts of the prov­ince. — @Aux­il­iaK\@DubeMatutu\@ wal­terbm­swazie2 THE Zanu-PF Youth League yes­ter­day urged Govern­ment of­fi­cials to fully sup­port Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s vi­sion or face the chop.

The youth league na­tional ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment com­mit­tee met in Harare for its strate­gic plan­ning work­shop where it also vowed it will not al­low any­one to in­ter­fere with the con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

“All Cab­i­net Min­is­ters, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries, Prin­ci­pal Direc­tors and other civil ser­vants who are not sup­port­ing the vi­sion of His Ex­cel­lency Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa should be re­lieved of their du­ties with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” it said in a state­ment re­leased by its sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion, Cde Tendai Chi­rau.

The league said it had lined up pro­grammes to sup­port Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s vi­sion. “To en­sure that these pro­grammes are fully im­ple­mented, we call upon the lead­er­ship to avail the nec­es­sary fund­ing, fail­ure of which will be in­ter­preted as sab­o­tag­ing the Pres­i­dent’s vi­sion,” said Cde Chi­rau.

The youths also want rep­re­sen­ta­tion in provin­cial and dis­trict land com­mit­tees. They also spoke on prices of uni­forms, which have sky­rock­eted.

“In the wake of un­jus­ti­fied and wan­ton price hikes by re­tail­ers, the Youth League calls upon the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion to al­low chil­dren whose par­ents can­not af­ford to buy school uni­forms to at­tend school without uni­forms. No child should be chased away from school for not wear­ing a school uni­form,” said Mr Chi­rau.

“We note with con­cern that there are peo­ple who are plan­ning to fan chaos and an­ar­chy in the coun­try, we en­cour­age them to de­sist from such acts,” he said. PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo have em­barked on pa­trols in ar­eas on the out­skirts of the city where they have recorded in­creased cases of theft of cop­per ca­bles.

Elec­tric­ity power ca­ble theft has of­ten left sec­tions of the city without power and con­tin­ues to cost the econ­omy mil­lions of dol­lars in lost pro­duc­tion hours ev­ery year.

In an in­ter­view re­cently, Bu­l­awayo provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango said po­lice have joined hands with the coun­try’s power util­ity, Zesa in curb­ing cop­per ca­ble theft.

“We han­dle more cases of cop­per ca­ble theft in pe­riph­eral sub­urbs com­pared to the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict (CBD) and west­ern sub­urbs. Po­lice will be pa­trolling in these sub­urbs mak­ing sure that no one tam­pers with Zesa in­fra­struc­ture. The in­crease of cases of cop­per ca­ble theft in Bu­l­awayo is wor­ri­some. Some­times it takes time for Zesa to at­tend crime scenes and a slow re­ac­tion re­sults in in­crease in crime,” she said.

Chief Insp Si­mango said po­lice will hold aware­ness cam­paigns con­sci­en­tis­ing res­i­dents on the im­por­tance of Zesa in­fra­struc­ture. “These cam­paigns aim at mak­ing res­i­dents un­der­stand that Zesa in­fra­struc­ture is of para­mount im­por­tance. Tam­per­ing with cop­per ca­bles can cause un­nec­es­sary loss of life,” she said.

Po­lice urged res­i­dents to re­port all power cuts to Zesa or po­lice as out­ages are most of the time as a re­sult of van­dal­ism of in­fra­struc­ture.

“Load shed­ding ceased in 2015 which means any power out­age may be ow­ing to faults or van­dal­ism. We urge res­i­dents to re­port such cases as soon as they have a black­out. If they de­lay re­port­ing, they give cul­prits a chance to es­cape,” said Chief Insp Si­mango.

She in­vited whis­tle-blow­ers to curb the up­surge in van­dal­ism and theft of elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture.

“We call upon res­i­dents to join hands with the po­lice and Zesa in re­port­ing any sus­pected case of van­dal­ism. We are say­ing it is our joint re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­serve this in­fra­struc­ture as it is im­por­tant to our econ­omy,” she said.

Re­cently, the coun­try’s power util­ity re­vealed that it had lost trans­form­ers worth about $20 mil­lion and hun­dreds of cop­per ca­ble rods to theft and van­dal­ism of the in­fra­struc­ture.

In an in­ter­view, Zesa spokesper­son Mr Fullard Gwasira said van­dal­ism and theft of elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture has be­come a se­ri­ous prob­lem in their op­er­a­tions to the level of eco­nomic sab­o­tage.

“The coun­try is los­ing three trans­form­ers ev­ery night, with about 4 000 hav­ing been lost so far. These are im­ported ma­te­ri­als, which cost about $5 000 each bring­ing the to­tal loss to $20 mil­lion to date,” he said.

Mr Gwasira said theft and van­dal­ism of Zesa in­fra­struc­ture has be­come preva­lent through­out the coun­try. “Re­place­ment of trans­form­ers is very costly as they are im­ported. With the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enc­ing such losses, theft and van­dal­ism of elec­tric­ity in­fra­struc­ture in­ci­dents have be­come a se­ri­ous cause for con­cern and should be de­clared a state of emer­gency. The crim­i­nal el­e­ments should be charged with trea­son as their crimes are tan­ta­mount to eco­nomic sab­o­tage,” he said.

Re­cently, a Beit­bridge-based cop­per ca­bles thief Ku­dak­washe Gwang­wava who was caught in the act by alert Zesa of­fi­cers in Kens­ing­ton, on the out­skirts of Bu­l­awayo, was sen­tenced to an ef­fec­tive 10 years in jail. — @tamary98

em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are ad­vised to reg­is­ter through the Youth Min­istry’s dis­trict of­fices through­out the coun­try. Govern­ment wishes to ex­tend its grat­i­tude and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the youth of­fi­cers for the 10 years they served the Govern­ment and wishes them well in their fu­ture en­deav­ours.

“Govern­ment will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to man­age the smooth tran­si­tion of the re­tire­ment of the youth of­fi­cers dur­ing this phase,” said Mr Masanga.

Last year, Trea­sury in­di­cated that the re­trench­ment of the youth of­fi­cers will cut Govern­ment ex­pen­di­ture on salaries by $30 mil­lion a year, re­sources which will be chan­nelled to­wards devel­op­ment projects. — @ pame­lashumba1

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