Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
SAND poachers have been warned over causing land degradation in various parts of the capital city.
Council yesterday moved to remove sand and bricks which were being sold at illegal points along Harare Drive in Marlborough saying it promoted selling of sand that would have been gotten illegally.
Earth movers from the City of Harare were spotted yesterday removing sand.
City of Harare spokesperson Michael Chideme said the removal was a measure to discourage sand poaching and damage to the environment.
“The exercise that we are carrying out is meant to eliminate all illegal sand selling points in all suburbs,” said Chideme.
Residents yesterday attacked the City fathers over the move arguing that the Council was failing them on matters that involve their health.
Some went on to express their opinions on City of Harare Facebook page urging them to take their health seriously by availing fuel to collect garbage in various suburbs.
Below are some of their comments;
“Why not remove rubbish it’s also not good for the environment, these efforts could have been channelled towards garbage removal that has become a health hazard.
“Hiring these expensive excavators when people have no clean water with potholes everywhere. Concentrate on the burning issues not what you feel like doing, what about the garbage in locations you have resources in machinery and you have fuel and time to remove sand and stones.
“We want to know where you are taking those things you have removed. Food we know you eat with your families what about sand and stones?”
While some had negative comments about the move some hailed City of Harare with the move they said had left most parts of the areas deplorable.
“Please also clear Rolf Avenue and Fisher Avenue there are vendors selling rocks and top soil thanks in advance.”