Hundreds hit with new litter fines

HARARE - New litter enforcers have handed out 102 fines in just one week since they hit the streets of Harare — raking in thousands of dollars in fines.

Since last Monday, the fines ranging from $5 up to $20, which were handed out, have totalled thousands in penalties.

Under the new zero tolerance approach to littering, the team of  Environmental Management Agency (Ema) officers are cracking down on people dropping litter, chucking cigarette ends or letting their dogs foul without picking it up.

Ema is working on the scheme with the police and city council.

“We have been involved in a massive clean-up campaign with all stakeholders,” Ema spokesperson Steady Kangata told the Daily News yesterday.

“The law is very clear in stating that littering is an offence.

“It’s just unfortunate that people had become used to throwing away litter from the windows of moving cars and as they moved through the streets because they were not facing any penalties. 

“Now that we are enforcing the law, those being found on the wrong side still feel we are victimising them, some believe it’s a bad omen so there has been some resistance.”

And he insisted the scheme was not a “money-making exercise”.

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