By Lisa Masuku/ Justin Mahlahla
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is in Mzilikazi, Bulawayo, where he is leading the 3rd anniversary of the national clean up campaign.
He is joined by cabinet ministers and government officials at the event, taking place at Madamara Shopping Centre.
The national clean up campaign was launched in 2018 to promote cleanliness and preservation of the environment.
he National Clean-Up Day exercise, which is in the spirit of creating a clean, safe and healthy environment states that it is the duty of every individual across the country to clean their surrounding areas be it places of work, education, religion, recreational and residential premises to manage waste management in the country.
The world is moving towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and Zimbabwe certainly contributes to this vision as shown by the Government led in declaring a National Clean-Up Day. Addressing waste management challenges that have risen and proven to be a thorn in the side worldwide contributes to the achievement of the vision of SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production respectively.
Furthermore, the country is on its way to fulfil its commitments under multilateral environmental agreements that address pollution such as the Stockholm, Basel, Bamako, Rotterdam as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In addition declaration of the National Clean-Up Day is a step in the right direction in curbing problems arising from waste.
In Zimbabwe loss of life has occurred due to cholera and typhoid the primary cause of this endeavour being waste management thus this day can go a long way.
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