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 Terrence Ndowora

Service delivery at Mushandike Business Centre has deteriorated to unprecedented levels with the locals and business community calling on the local authority, Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC), to put in place public bins and establish a dumping site for proper waste management.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) noted with concern the wanton littering at the Mushandike Business Centre during a clean-up exercise last week in line with the Presidential National Clean-up Programme.

The campaign was attended by Masvingo District Development Coordinator (DDC) Ray Hove, officials from EMA and Zinwa, Mushandike traditional leadership and members from the local and business community.

The local business community chairperson Lichana Mushandike said there was need for an establishment of a proper dumping site to service the business center and the local community.

Mushandike said some residents were dumping waste all over the business center with some waste finding its way to the canal causing blockages.

“We appreciate the work done by EMA to encourage us to make sure that our business center is clean but our major problem is that we do not have proper dumping site, residents end up dumping waste everywhere.

“Another pressing matter is that we do not have public bins at the business centre and this has caused massive littering. We call on the local authority to provide the public bins so that we help keep our environment clean,” said Mushandike.

Masvingo RDC had promised to erect proper vending markets at the business centre but nothing has materialized to date leading to the sprouting of vendors much to the detriment of the environment.

Masvingo RDC Ward 7 councilor Bennegina Mudambiranwa said there was need for proper waste management systems in place and the council was working on it.

“The council is aware of the service delivery challenges experienced here at the business centre and efforts are being made to come up with a solution.

“We want to establish a dumping site and put public bins then come up with a refuse collection schedule so that waste is managed properly,” said Mudambiranwa.

On the issue of markets, Mudambiranwa confirmed the promises they made to build a market place saying that the council had not neglected its promise and they were looking into it.

“The council is aware of the problem and is going to fulfill its promise soon to build a market place for Mushandike Business Center,” said Mudambiranwa.

Provincial environmental manager Gerald Muusha urged the community to have the spirit of cleanliness and make sure the business center was clean at all times to attract customers.

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