Local authorities urged to invest more in solid waste management

By ZBC Reporter

The Beitbridge local authority has been encouraged to construct a proper waste land fill as recommended by the Auditor General’s report of 2018.

After a damning Auditor General’s Report in 2018 which highlighted gross inefficiencies among local authorities on solid waste management, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts was in Beitbridge this Monday where it underscored the need for an improved investment in litter management.

“There are a lot of grey areas that need to be attended to as highlighted by the Auditor General’s Report. They highlighted that they are hamstrung by not only financial resources, but by unapproved anti-littering by-laws. We will take this up and assist them to scale up their capacity,” said Chairperson for the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts, Hon Brian Dube.

Beitbridge Municipality Environmental Health Officer Mr Pio Muchena said the local authority, which is in the process of mobilising more than US$400 thousand to construct its first properly engineered landfill, has partnered local companies to boost its litter management capacity.

“We have taken the auditor general’s report seriously, and have implemented a number of strategies like improving on allocations towards waste management,” said Muchena.

Devolution funds disbursed by the Second Republic have played a critical role in capacitating local authorities on waste management, with Beitbridge Municipality increasing its fleet of refuse compacters using the finances.