Harare City Council Launches Massive Cleanup Drive

Harare City Council will on Monday November 4, 2013 embark on a massive cleanup campaign beginning with Mbare and the Central Business District.

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The cleanup aims to give each resident “the right to a clean and healthy environment” as the City gears to achieve World Class City status by 2025.

Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi announced the programme at Town House on Wednesday.

“As a city we would want to acknowledge that waste management has been a challenge. We have come up with a plan for Harare in collaboration with the Environmental Management Agency to ensure that Mbare and the City Centre will be litter free come December 2013,” he said.

He said the programme is centred on residents’ behavioural change through action, participation, education and legislation.

“Educational awareness prompts behavioural change which is the only means of permanently preventing litter,” he said.

“The ward based clean-up operation begins Mbare on 4 November in ward 3.The operation will be running concurrently with efforts to make the central business district cleaner. Each of the four Mbare wards have been allocated different days during which resources would be directed to the particular wards,” he said.

He said the exercise would be rolled to other wards but in the interim councillors are urged to organise people in the respective wards to take charge of their environments. “This would be done through ward based peer groups that discourage each other from littering the environment. As a city we have made a commitment to ensure that there are sustainable waste management programmes to ensure that all these efforts are not in vain.

“Emphasis would be on community policing. Members of the public are encouraged to effect citizen arrest on litterbugs or alternatively report the offenders to the police and city authorities,” he said.

Dr Mahachi said community suggestions on people driven mechanisms to preserve clean environment are welcome.
He said journalists should play their part in educating the people against littering.

“We all have to take charge. This is our City, this is our Environment. Let us be responsible for Harare. Help make Harare clean” he said

Source: City Of Harare