Tanaka Nyambo, Court Reporter
Harare City Council is keen to learn from Kigali, Rwanda on how they keep their cities clean.
They are currently engaging the city with a view to come up with a twinning arrangement.
Speaking at a clean-up campaign organised by Harare City Council at Pendennis Shopping Centre Harare, Mayor Herbert Gomba said the city was keen to rope in Kigali so it can assist it in its vision of becoming a World Class City by 2025.
“It is very important that we partner with Kigali the capital City of Rwanda which has managed to become the cleanest City in Africa.
Kigali is the cleanest and we are learning from them how the managed to achieve that,” he said.
Mayor Gomba said Rwanda Embassy in Harare was already working on adopting one roundabout in the city as a way of helping beautifying the city.
“They want to help us beautify the city and in our discussions they have agreed to adopt one round about in the city.
“This is just the beginning they will be assisting in achieving our goal,” he said.
“From our interaction with them we have come to understand that it is all about transforming the mind-set of the citizens and as council we must provide all necessary resources such as bins and refuse truck in time so that people do not end up throwing or dumping litter everywhere,” he said.
Mt Pleasant councillor and chairperson of the Human Resources and General Purposes Committee Councillor Jacob Mafume promised that council will work hard to regain the sunshine city status.
“We hope to maintain the this efforts that you have shown us, on behalf of the Mt Pleasant residents we are very happy for the wonderful job and we hope to maintain the standards of hygiene and restore the sunshine city, he said.
Town clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango said the city was forging ahead with its urban renewal programme.