First Lady urges church lead­ers to em­brace clean-up cam­paign

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out­breaks will con­tinue to be haz­ardous to our lives. We can­not af­ford to keep los­ing lives on causes that as a na­tion, if we work to­gether, we can erad­i­cate. The Bi­ble en­cour­ages us to live in clean en­vi­ron­ments,” said Amai Mnan­gagwa.

She said it was im­por­tant for the coun­try to have a sus­tain­able waste dis­posal sys­tem.

“Churches and re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions are an im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion and com­mu­nity in our coun­try. They are play­ing im­por­tant roles in our so­ci­ety and some of your ini­tia­tives are com­ple­ment­ing Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in de­vel­op­ment,” said the First Lady.

She thanked churches that par­tic­i­pated in a clean-up cam­paign last week.

“The par­tic­i­pa­tion of churches on the na­tional day of clean­ing is very im­por­tant as you will also be ad­her­ing to God’s call to stay in clean en­vi­ron­ments. Con­gre­gants should come out in large num­bers and we will be very happy to be led by churches,” she said.

Last year in Oc­to­ber, the First Lady vis­ited homes in Budiriro and car­ried house­hold chores in a bid to in­still a cul­ture of clean­li­ness in so­ci­ety.

She did the same in Glen View 3. The two were con­sid­ered the epi­cen­tre of a cholera out­break which claimed about 50 lives.

“In 2018, I ini­ti­ated clean-up cam­paigns in Harare work­ing with the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Min­istry of Health and Child Care, Harare City Coun­cil and the cor­po­rate world in an en­deav­our to pro­mote clean­li­ness at house­hold level and sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

“In Mashona­land West Prov­ince, I ini­ti­ated clean­li­ness at house­hold level as well as their sur­round­ing ar­eas to which the women took it upon them­selves to keep their homes clean. This pro­gramme will con­tinue in all the prov­inces,” she said.

“I am en­cour­ag­ing wives of the church lead­ers to take this to the women in their churches and make sure that clean­li­ness is car­ried out at each house­hold,” said Cde Mnan­gagwa.

Church lead­ers pledged to mo­bilise their fol­low­ers and lead in the na­tional clean­ing ex­er­cise.

They set up a li­ai­son com­mit­tee to co­or­di­nate the ef­forts.

“On be­half of Te­hila Chris­tian Net­work, we are ready to con­tinue the ex­er­cise in our re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. We are go­ing to send a mes­sage to our par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to join hands with us and ed­u­cate peo­ple in their con­stituen­cies on clean­li­ness,” said Rev­erend Sam Malunga of the Te­hila Chris­tian Net­work.

Apos­tolic Chris­tian Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (ACCZ) leader, Bishop Jo­hannes Ndanga con­curred with the First Lady on the need for clean­li­ness.

“As lead­ers of churches, we are go­ing to mo­bilise our con­gre­gants so that we all join forces and par­tic­i­pate in this clean­ing ex­er­cise. This is a na­tional event and it is every­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to main­tain clean­li­ness. We want to thank the First Lady for lead­ing us,” he said.

Ms Shu­vai Wutawu­nashe from Fam­ily of God Church (FOG) weighed in say­ing: “On Fe­bru­ary 5, Amai wants you the church lead­ers to speak up and reach out to your fol­low­ers and mo­bilise them and join the whole na­tion in this clean­ing ex­er­cise. Your con­gre­gants lis­ten to you as their lead­ers hence this meet­ing so that we or­gan­ise our­selves and co­or­di­nate.”

The church called for re­moval of coun­cil fees for dump­ing at Pomona dump site.

They said the charges had made dump­ing of waste by the pri­vate sec­tor dif­fi­cult. They also want pub­lic toi­lets to be free. Coun­cil charges a fee for use of pub­lic toi­lets.

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