An accelerated refuse collection programme has been launched in Harare following a public outcry over poor waste management by the local authority after an expose by the ZBC News.
The issue of uncollected garbage has become a serious concern in Harare amid fears of a health hazard with uncollected refuse piling up near the popular Mbare Musika vegetable market.
“This garbage has been there for months if not year now and we are happy it is now being collected,” said a Mbare resident.
Government is adamant waste management should be a priority for all stakeholders.
The Deputy Minister of Local Government And Public Works, Honourable Marian Chombo said, “As a ministry, we have engaged council and they were citing their challenges. So, we said devolution funds allocated to the local authority should be used for such kind of service.”
With illegal dumping sites having become an eyesore in most parts of the capital city, it is hoped that the accelerated refuse collection programme, which builds on the National Clean-Up Day, will only breed a culture of environmental stewardship.