Tourism min­istry, PHD Min­istries hold clean-up cam­paign

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THE Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try in part­ner­ship with Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya’s Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries, yes­ter­day held a clean-up cam­paign in Harare’s CBD, as the min­istry works to­wards main­tain­ing a clean and dis­ease free en­vi­ron­ment.

Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira, dur­ing the cam­paign, en­cour­aged stake­hold­ers’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in clean-ups, say­ing it was ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the coun­try is clean.

“It is quite hum­bling for me to stand be­fore such a huge crowd as we wit­ness yet an­other timely in­ter­ven­tion by PHD Min­istries mak­ing its con­tri­bu­tion to the clean­li­ness of the en­vi­ron­ment. The re­spon­si­bil­ity for a clean, safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment is for all of us. To­day, we are wit­ness­ing PHD Min­istries trans­lat­ing their faith into deeds. Stake­holder par­tic­i­pa­tion in en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment is surely the cor­ner­stone of sus­tain­abil­ity. In­deed, our con­sti­tu­tion on sec­tion 73 pro­vides for en­vi­ron­men­tal rights, which ev­ery per­son should en­joy by liv­ing in a clean, safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said the out­break of cholera in the cap­i­tal city re­cently was an in­di­ca­tor for the need to main­tain clean sur­round­ings.

“The re­cent cholera out­break, where pre­cious lives were lost is noth­ing but an in­di­ca­tor of inaction by all of us to sus­tain­ably man­age our waste. My plea is, all churches should join us in this en­deav­our to keep our Zim­babwe clean. We now need to put in place sus­tain­abil­ity mea­sures to main­tain the clean­li­ness we have es­tab­lished to­day. My min­istry is ready to en­sure pol­luters of the en­vi­ron­ment through lit­ter­ing and dump­ing are pros­e­cuted, while pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment prac­tices,” said Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira.

She said her min­istry would en­cour­age the adop­tion of sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment prac­tices.

“Waste sep­a­ra­tion at source should be the norm and the new way of do­ing busi­ness by all waste gen­er­a­tors. Through waste sep­a­ra­tion, it’s easy to pro­mote waste re­cy­cling. May I also urge all waste gen­er­a­tors that, waste bins must be avail­able and emp­tied at des­ig­nated places. Fail­ure to do so, my min­istry, will be left with no op­tion ex­cept to un­leash the full wrath of the law to all vi­o­la­tors of the law. It is also time that the na­tions should start re­duc­ing the amount of plas­tic that w e use in our daily ac­tiv­i­ties as a

phase out of plas­tic is com­ing. Glob­ally, there is a strong po­si­tion on the com­plete ban of sin­gle use plas­tic prod­ucts,” she said.@ pe­terk­matika

Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira

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