Mbare environment group launches Waste containment area as Typhoid hits Mbare

The Team Up to Clean Up Mbare led by Fr Isaac Fernandes SJ, the Parish priest of St Peter’s, successfully launched a new and first Waste Containment area slab in a bid to improve waste management.

Mbare is one of Harare’s oldest suburbs and is highly populated. 

The opening ceremony of the containment area was held at the Matererini football pitch was lit with a lot of entertaining activities. 

The containment area aims at deterring community members from throwing litter at open grounds to avoid spreading of diseases and to facilitate smooth refuse collection.

Several open grounds in Mbare have been densely polluted with all kinds of refuse making it difficult for the local authorities to collect refuse and increasing the risk of spreading of diseases like cholera and typhoid, especially in rainy season. 

Recently, seventeen cases of typhoid were confirmed at Matapi flats and authorities have set up a 24 hour clinic to manage the affected residents.

Since 2016, at least six people reportedly succumbed to typhoid and related infectious diseases from around 83 reported cases in Harare.

Fr Isaac commended the community members who formed the Team up to Clean Up Mbare group for the continuous commitment to a clean and safer community saying the efforts will go a long way in rewriting the narrative for Mbare. 

The group was formed in October 2015, consisting of St Peter’s parish youths and I Am Mbare group members.

Over time, other Catholic youth groups like Magis, Young People for others and National Movement of Catholic students and other churches like CCAP, Presbyterian and Salvation Army have also joined the clean-up campaigns.

The launch was also supported by local councilor, Mr. Maseko and Mbare Constituency MP Tendai Savanhu. 

Environment Ambassador and artist, Dereck Mpofu, popularly known as the Green Ambassador, encouraged community members to support the initiative and led the entertainment as he performed hit songs including the Reduce-Recycle-Reuse track led the entertainment. 

Fr Isaac SJ, also led the local authorities in laying ground for a recreational park to be created on the cleared open ground. He also planted trees at the site in the company of the member of Parliament and City council officials.


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