via EMA expresses concern over littering at roadblocks – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 5, 2016
THE Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has expressed concern over “massive” littering at police and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) permanent roadblock sites, which it says had become an eyesore.
By Tatenda Chitagu
Addressing journalists during a tour of permanent roadblock sites along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road last Friday, EMA Masvingo provincial head Robson Mavhondo said the amount of littering at the sites was going out of hand.
“Of late, there has been massive littering at police and Zimra roadblock sites. It is not that they are the ones littering, but that travellers end up dumping litter when stopped for random searches,” he said.
“We have had several engagements with the concerned government departments and they have promised to act.”
Asked about lack of ablution facilities at roadblocks, Mavhondo said it was the prerogative of the Health and Child Care ministry to ensure they were there at such stop-and-search points.
Mavhondo said the Environment ministry’s June 30 deadline for phasing out kaylites and diapers with biodegradable material as stipulated in Statutory Instrument 84 of 2012 still stood after manufacturers, distributors and retailers failed to submit an ”environmentally-friendly action plan”.