City ups war on garbage, cholera

The Manica Post - - Local News - Emmah Chinya­mu­tan­gira Post Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIM­BAB­WEANS should fo­cus on turn­ing the coun­try into an up­per mid­dle in­come state where garbage and cholera are rel­e­gated to his­tory, an of­fi­cial has said.

Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land Provin­cial Af­fairs, Dr Ellen Gwaradz­imba made these re­marks dur­ing the Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Clean­ing Day held in Mutare on Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa launched the cam­paign on the same day in Harare.

Dr Gwaradz­imba led the clean-up cam­paign, which saw var­i­ous stake­hold­ers from all sec­tors of the econ­omy com­ing to­gether to make Mutare clean.

The clean-up launch was themed ‘Zero Tol­er­ance to lit­ter- My En­vi­ron­ment, My Pride’.

“Max­i­mum hy­giene is very im­por­tant to pre­vent dis­ease out­breaks in our ar­eas.

“We need to em­brace the zero lit­ter cam­paign and spread the mes­sage about the need to keep our en­vi­ron­ment clean.

“We should all change our mind­sets and en­hance re­cy­cling of garbage.

“We se­lected a dump­ing site to dis­pose all the garbage after the clean-up. The garbage will be con­verted into en­ergy by en­vi­ron­men­tal gu­rus,” said Dr Gwaradz­imba.

Dr Gwaradz­imba urged peo­ple to en­gage in bio­gas pro­jects and re­cy­cle waste and re­duce pol­lu­tion through good waste man­age­ment prac­tices.

She said a dump­ing site, which would be used by en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists for con­vert­ing waste into en­ergy for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try would be cre­ated.

Dr Gwaradz­imba also urged res­i­dents to be clean and de­posit their waste in the right places to avoid dis­ease out­breaks.

EMA provin­cial en­vi­ron­men­tal man­ager, Mr King­stone Chi­to­tombe, said they had been work­ing with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that waste was man­aged well from gen­er­a­tion to dis­posal as well as re­cy­cle prod­ucts.

“In­creased pack­ag­ing of con­sumers’ goods has not only in­creased the quan­tity of waste but also the va­ri­eties of waste gen­er­ated, fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing the prob­lem for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

“This has greatly ex­posed the gen­eral pub­lic to dis­ease out­breaks and epi­demics recorded in re­cent years, the lat­est be­ing the cholera epi­demic, which re­sulted in pre­cious lives be­ing lost mostly in Buhera, Dangamvura and Chipinge,” said Mr Chi­to­tombe.

Mutare Mayor Mr Bless­ing Tandi said it was their duty as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery to res­i­dents and clear dump­sites.

He also urged res­i­dents to co-op­er­ate and achieve a lit­ter-free city and re­store its clean­li­ness in the process.

“We want to clean Mutare and raise aware­ness on the im­por­tance of waste man­age­ment and keep­ing our en­vi­ron­ment clean.

“As a city, we have made a com­mit­ment to en­sure that refuse is col­lected as per the ad­vised sched­ule and there­fore we ex­pect a change in at­ti­tude among res­i­dents, which should also en­sure that the en­vi­ron­ment is clean.

“We should have a mind­set of re­cy­cling the refuse to re­duce waste and in­crease pro­duc­tion. There are many youths who want to en­gage in bio­gas di­ver­sity. We want to re­duce the quan­tity of garbage go­ing into the pit,” said Mr Tandi.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Mr Tandi said they were tar­get­ing to im­prove refuse col­lec­tion es­pe­cially in the wake of re­ports on out­breaks of cholera in some ar­eas in Man­i­ca­land.

He also hinted that coun­cil would con­tinue re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing old sewer pipes to min­imise bursts as part of waste man­age­ment mech­a­nisms to re­duce pol­lu­tion.

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