First Lady urges church leaders to embrace clean-up campaign
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.