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