By Marshall Bwanya
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has fined Chitungwiza Council RTGS 24000 for issuing illegal stands on wetlands in Ward 12.
Adkins Mudii EMA spokesperson noted that the Chitungwiza Council as a local authority failed to comply with the ecosystems Protection law.
“Chitungwiza town municipality was fined RTGS 24000 as prescribed by Si 7 of 2007 which talks about ecosystems protection.
“An order to stop all the constructions on the wetland land was served to the council until an ecological assessment has been done and untill a prospectus has been submitted to EMA,” he said.
Chitungwiza Residents Associations advocating for the preservation of wetlands have welcomed EMA’s order to stop all constructions on the wetlands.
Philip Makaripe Chitungwiza Residents Trust (CHITREST) Ward 12 coordinator said the order to to cease all constructions in wetlands was a step in the right direction to preserve endangered wetlands.
“We applaud EMA’s efforts to issue an order to cease all construction operations on endangered wetlands in ward 12.
“Stopping the construction of illegal structures is a positive stride in the noble fight to preserve our wetlands,” he said.
Land barons are however defying EMA’s Environmental Protection Order to cease all construction operations on wetlands.
Mudii said defiance to cease constructions operations on wetlands would be met by prosecution.
“The order has been given to council to stop the constructions.
” Failure to do that a docket will be opened,” he said.