The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has stopped the cleaning up of one of the worst areas in Mbare by politician Jacob Ngarivhume’s team over a banner they had the last time.
The banner was written, Rise Up and Act.
According to the police the next planned clean-up on 4 and 7 May, which was slated to cover the area between Matererini and Matapi Flats cannot go ahead due to that banner.
“Your notification letter to carry out a clean-up campaign between Matapi and Matererini Flats on 4 May 2021 and at the Vegetable Market on 7 May starting at 10:00hrs to 14:00hrs has been noted.
“You are being advised that your application is not approved.
“This has been necessitated by the fact that the last time you held your campaign, you ended up politicizing the event by flashing banners with political information,” the police said in their letter to Ngarivhume.
The police further added that Ngarivhume should leave the cleaning of Mbare to the Harare City Council.
Mbare has been one of the worst hit areas in terms of garbage collection with the old suburb now synonymous with huge mounds of uncollected refuse some of which comes from the vegetable market.
The market generally services the whole of Harare meaning the area is always packed with people.
Ngarivhume has been carrying out the clean-up campaigns as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of Council’s failures.
Council has repeatedly cited shortages in fuel and trucks for the continued problem of uncollected refuse in urban areas.