Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Reporter
Government plans to introduce legislation to compel companies that produce materials with high levels of pollution to play a major role in environmental conservation, a Cabinet Minister has said.
Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, yesterday said Government would soon introduce a statutory instrument and measures to reduce environmental pollution.
Speaking at commemorations to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and launch of a clean-up Zimbabwe campaign, Minister Kasukuwere said he would not hesitate to apply punitive measures against litter bugs.
He said his ministry’s special focus would be on mobile phone operators and the canning industry to adhere to the law to safeguard the environment.
“We are now coming up with some Statutory Instruments that kind of put some deterrents on some of the activities that have been contributing immensely in damaging our environment and hence I have signalled out some sectors like the mobile and canning industry. We need to see them practice much better responsibility towards whatever they dispose of,” he said.
“The mobile and canning industry disposal of waste leaves a lot to be desired. If you look at the City of Harare, it is a case in point as the situation is quite disturbing.
He said poor waste management was one of the challenges facing most urban areas in the country, with Harare the most affected.