Harare worst on waste management

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) is leading all other authorities as the country’s most incompetent municipal on waste management — despite its gruelling past experience with cholera and typhoid.

Environment Management Agency (Ema) education and publicity manager Steady Kangata revealed that the local authority claimed 43 of the 57 orders issued to local authorities last year.

“It means somebody is not listening and getting the message on what we want the impression of our city to be,” said Kangata.

He added, “We gave HCC 43 orders last year, only 14 orders were for other authorities nationally.

“The local authority is our biggest challenge and let down”.

Though such environmental offences carry up to $5 000 fines, the city fathers avoided paying by clearing the dumpsites within the stipulated two days.

The revelation comes in the backdrop of media reports claiming that 18 top city managers are earning, in total —

$500 000 in salaries every month from the  “cash strapped employer”.

Kangata said poor waste management practices were so rampant in residential areas ,leaving residents at high risk of contracting water borne diseases.

“The main causes of that situation are non-provision of bins and irregular collection of waste which have ultimately led to a “legitimate” expectation where dumpsites have become part of everyday life,” he said.

703 people paid $20 in littering fines in 2013,of those 500 were pedestrians and the rest, motorists.

A survey done by Ema, Kangata alleged, showed that people with deluxe cars litter the most.

“We found out that people with beautiful cars do not want litter in their cars, so instead they throw it out”.

Kangata said dumpsites increased the cost of waste management,therefore Ema is working with HCC to ensure waste is separated at source and collected in time.

A cocktail of measures to reduce amount of waste in the country have been adopted.

Apart from engaging businesses to assist in waste management, Kangata said this year, his organisation will ensure kay-lites, which are commonly used as fast food packaging, disappear on the market.

“The next thing this year is for us to ensure that all restaurants do away with kay-lites, already Chicken Inn is using paper boxes. Only supermarkets will be allowed to use them as fruits and vegetable.

“Delta should also cradle to the grave its waste,” he said.

It is now five years after cholera killed over

4 000 people and typhoid sickened 100 000 more but conditions still persist.

A further  548 252 diarrhoea cases were reported last year — of those 509 people succumbed, according to ministry of Health.

Many mounds of stinking waste were a common feature during a visit to Budiriro and Glen View business and residential areas — creating prime ground for epidemic diseases particularly this rainy season.

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