CITY of Kadoma mayor Peter Matambo has taken a swipe at residents who indiscriminately dump litter at undesignated sites, saying the town had failed to attract investments owing to dirty environments.
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Matambo made the remarks on Thursday while officiating at the official handover ceremony of two hydraulic refuse compactors to the local authority by a German partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
“Today’s event should mark Kadoma as a litter-free city,’ said Matambo.
“A city full of litter has negative attributes. It is unsightly, promotes the spread of diseases, invites pests and offensive smells, creates accidents and chases away investors.
“Who would want to invest in a dirty city anyway?”
Matambo urged councillors to form community groups to spruce up neighbourhoods rather than wait for council to collect refuse as it was overwhelmed due to resource constraints.
The mayor said the council had taken heed of government’s call to gear for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation summit to be held next year and had embarked on a continuous exercise to rid the Harare-Bulawayo Highway of litter.
Matambo called on businesses operating along the highway to give buildings and premises a face-lift to lure investors.
“Those who spruce up their gardens and public places in their vicinity stand to receive water discounts on their bills,” Matambo said.