City of Harare yesterday launched its anti-litter, anti-crime and anti- open fires campaign to raise awareness among Harare residents. It is being run in conjunction with ZRP and EMA,
In his address at the launch of the first campaign under his tenure, his worship, Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said the aim is to change people’s mindsets and the attitudes of people, especially with regards to littering.
“Litter causes diseases, pollutes our water bodies and removes the aesthetic beauty of our city. The environmental management charter 20.27 of 2003 clearly states that everyone has a right to a clean environment but who should ensure that our City is clean? It is me, you and all of us,” said Mayor Manyenyeni.
“The campaign has a three pronged approach as we also want a crime free city where everyone feels comfortable, that is where the ZRP, which has always been our partner, comes in. The major crimes in the CBD include unlicensed transport operators, touting and public drinking,” he added.
According to Leslie Gwindi, the City’s public relations officer, the campaign is likely to take many months to complete, “We are very pleased with partnering ZRP and EMA in carrying out this campaign and we need to do it continuously until we achieve our intended goals.”
The launch was witnessed by only a small crowd numbering less than 30 people including invited guests.