Women urged to play leading role in community clean up initiatives

By Shamiso Chigonde

Zvishavane - Women have been encouraged to take a leading role in keeping their communities clean and healthy.

Speaking at the April national clean-up day in Zvishavane, Rose Mavhima, wife to the Minister of State for Midlands Province Senator Larry Mavhima, pleaded with women to set a good example for the nation to achieve a clean environment as they are the shining lights in their communities. Listen to her below

She went on to encourage vendors to keep their work environments clean while urging young mothers to dispose of their diapers properly as they are the leading cause of unclean environments.

A lot of concerns have been raised on the issue of disposable nappies with many residents encouraging parents to resort to the old washable nappies.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) Environmental officer for Zvishavane District Sally Maguvu said that they advise women to use the reduce principle where mothers use cloth napkins, this has not been very effective so they now have health clubs where women are taught to wash diapers before placing them in a bin so as to reduce weight. Listen to EMA official here

Every first Friday of the month is National Clean-up day, set by the Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangangwa in December 2018 in a bid to keep the country clean, this initiative is almost similar to the ‘Umganda’ clean-up campaign in Rwanda which has been effective in reducing waste and litter.