National Clean-up Day: ED at Lake Chivero

National Clean-up Day: ED at Lake Chivero

The President was first taken around the venue to have an appreciation of the state of facilities, including lodges that are in a dilapidated state and the thriving water hyacinth which has caused headaches to water authorities in recent years.

According to biologists the weed thrives in heavily polluted water from nitrates.

After observing some boats picking trash from the water body, the President was shown heaps of rubbish picked from the lake which was heaped on the shore.

He went on to shovel it into a refuse truck.

President Mnangagwa went on to plant a muchechete tree.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga planted a fig tree muonde or mukuyu, Vice President Kembo Mohadi a mutsamvi tree, while Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira planted a mushumha tree.

Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri also planted a tree.

After tree planting, the President proceeded to view exhibition stands mounted by different stakeholders in Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

In her address, Minister Mupfumira said the day is expected to raise awareness on biodiversity loss challenges that include endangering of species, deforestation, desertification, climate change, pollution and other issues.

She bemoaned the sorry state of Lack Chivero which has green water.

She said the clean-up campaign is to create an environment-aware Zimbabwe.

Chief Executive of Waste Management Mr Weston Macheka paid tribute to the president for creating national clean up day saying every human on earth is a passerby and should leave the planet cleaner than we found it.

Green ambassador Dereck Mpofu was at hand to serenade the guests as the country took a couple of hours to think the environment.


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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.