Make citizens responsible for cleanliness: Chombo

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.

Comments (7)

Maresidents ochiita basa rekanzuru manje, inga vaChombo makawoma and continue to pay rates lol.

Florida - 21 October 2013

He is right. Council employees sweep the streets ( probably could do better of course) but no matter how many they are they cannot keep up with the rate of generation of litter.Residents have to be responsible. In your own home , you do not go around throwing dirt everywhere. People need to be educated that littering is bad and it makes our environment ugly.Everyone needs to do their best to keep their environment clean , at home and outside!!!

me - 21 October 2013

GOOD ADVICE: Do something for yourself. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without politics. See how this Zimbabawean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap artificial diamonds to young people in cities. Very interesting. Go to ARTIFDIAMONDS.COM to see the methods and companies she was using to do that. ARTIFDIAMONDS.COM . Wake up Africans

Vada - 21 October 2013

Ehe zvazvo, asiwo makanzuru ngaatakurewo marara /mabin nenguva kwete kumirira kuti marara aite gomo ndipopozvonzi mara ayo! tinoziva kuti u develop methods of stealing, now u hve gatherd people,someone will claim thousands for having this clean up campaign,Zanu creates chaos then benefit,We fooling who then,Sanctions? idiots!

todiizvazvo - 21 October 2013

You should go to Windhoek and see what we mean by a clean city. Why do Zimbabeans like dirty environments ? We are said to be educated so the more literate one is the more unhygenic they become? Come on guys lets support such initiatives by our leaders.

Peterson - 22 October 2013

You guys you should not wait for council to come and clean your backyard, waste management starts with you and you could make money from recycling the waste, you sell the plastic to recycling companies, they are plenty of them in Harare. You can also compost your biodegradable waste and sell organic fertiliser/ manure, this can be done by your plenty of your jobless brothers at home pane kuti vaswere vakagara mu bridge vachiputa mbanje. Wake up and be responsible citizens zimbabweans

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