The Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry is calling on all Zimbabweans to take part in the National Clean-Up exercise, the first for this year which falls on January 4, the first Friday for the month.
In a statement, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Munesu Munodawafa, said the main activity was expected to be led by the First Lady Amai Mnangangwa in Bulawayo.
“In all other provinces, Provincial Ministers of State will lead individuals, corporates, civil society, development partners and churches in undertaking this task in their respective areas,” Munodawafa said.
“To assist with coordination, teams have been organised to clean up identified public places countrywide.”
The National Clean-Up was successfully launched by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa on of December 5, 2018. The campaign was launched under the theme “Zero Tolerance to Litter – My Environment, My Pride”.
President Mnangagwa declared the first Friday of every month as the National Clean Up Day from 0800hrs to 1000hrs, and the First Lady Amai Mnangagwa accepted the nomination to be the Patron of the National Clean Up Campaign.
Fourteen Ministries representing their sectors signed declaration commitments indicating their pledges to positively contribute towards attaining a clean, safe and healthy environment.
Subsequent to the launch, several other representatives across sectors have also signed the declarations.
“In line with this declaration, every citizen is urged to clean their surrounding areas; places of work, religion, education, recreational and residential premises, vending sites, car parks and road servitudes by picking litter, sweeping or clearing waste dumps for two hours between 0800hrs and 1000hrs,” Munodawafa said.
“Our participation in this noble cause will assist in fulfilling the constitutional provisions as set out in Section 73 of our Constitution for Zimbabweans to enjoy a clean, safe and healthy environment. It is expected that leadership at every level will take a lead in championing this noble cause.”
Munodawafa appealed to all citizens to embrace and take ownership of the clean-up exercise to allow for sustainability, as citizens re the primary beneficiaries of a clean environment.
“It is our sincere hope that every citizen will participate in this exercise of national importance,” he said.