Make citizens responsible for cleanliness: Chombo

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HARARE – Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo, has instructed all local authorities to craft by-laws which will make citizens responsible for their surroundings’ cleanliness.

Harare has spearheaded massive clean-up campaigns being led by the ministry of Environment which have been complimented by business and other environmentalists.

However, Chombo said one-day-clean-up campaigns were insufficient.

“We have instructed all local authorities to review their by-laws so that littering is a crime that you can be punished for it,” he said at a mega clean-up campaign at Mbare Musika Bus Terminus on Friday.

“We want to make sure that the business of cleanliness is a national business, even in residential areas. We want to make sure that the home owner extends beyond his boundary to make sure he cleans, he cuts the grass and picks up litter up to the roadside,” Chombo added.

He said all local authorities should have clean-up marshals who will be responsible for weekly massive clean-ups.

He warned public transport operators of penalties if they do not carry bins in their vehicles.

Savior Kasukuwere, the minister of Environment said his ministry would take the clean-up campaigns to other cities and towns as this was a national challenge against litter.

The mega clean-up campaign was themed “A clean environment-our responsibility.”

Tourism minister Walter Mzembi said Harare’s sunshine city status needed to be restored.

“Harare should retain its sunshine city status, and we have started it here in Mbare,” he said.

The Forestry Commission, Environmental Management Authority (Ema), Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife, Environment Africa, Allied Timbers and Zanu PF members were some of the participants of the clean-up exercise. 

Senior minister of State in the president’s office, Simon Khaya Moyo, said the waste management challenges faced in Zimbabwe required multi-stakeholder participation and attitude change.

“Everyone including corporates and retailers must adopt sound sustainable waste management value practices as the norm rather than the exception,” he said.

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