City of Harare and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) yesterday launched their carnival clean-up programme at Africa Unity Square ahead of the Harare International Carnival next month.
Speaking at the launch, His Worship Bernard Manyenyeni (pictured, center) said that eight clean-up campaigns have been lined up to prepare Harare for the carnival which is to run from 16 to 25 May. With more than 21 countries expected, the Mayor said that Harare needs to ensure that a good image is portrayed.
“The benefits of a clean city include healthy citizens and a productive economy, flourishing business hubs and ultimately a city that is highly attractive to investors and tourists,” said the Mayor.
The guest of honour at the launch, ZTA board chairperson Marah Hativagone said that the Harare clean-up campaign would run under the theme – Celebrating a cleaner environment.
“The theme for the Harare clean-up campaign is relevant because a carnival entails celebrations and we cannot celebrate whilst environment and backyards are dirty. It is therefore everybody’s responsibility to make our environment clean,” she said.
Speaking to Harare News on the sidelines of thelaunch, Miss Carnival 2013, DananaiChipunza said that the launch was a build up to the second edition of the carnival. “I urge all citizens to keep our city clean and hopefully we can get the message passed on in schools and at home, in churches and almost everywhere,” she said.
The launch was attended by various other stakeholders including environmental organisations such as EMA, parliamentarians, councillors, various captains of industry as well as students. Green Ambassador DereckMpofu, an artist who performs environmental songs also played at the event, singing his popular song titled Marara.
Litter is a hot issue in Harare, Residents point fingers at council for failing to collect rubbish, while the cash-strapped council accuses residents of being litterbugs and not using existing facilities such as bins.