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Clean-up necessary but ill-timed

NOTHING can be added to the ingenuity of the recently launched clean-up exercise by the city of Harare in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

This exer

cise is not only necessary and sensible but is also expedient for all sound-minded citizens.

These efforts serve well to decongest the CBD and to curb general lawlessness, disorder and other illegal activities being perpetrated by some of our vile members.

The condition of the city of Harare was becoming shanty and therefore a remedy such as this, to restore its sunshine status, had to be sought.

However, I feel that this operation is ill-timed, seeing how our beloved nation is facing numerous challenges and difficulties of grave magnitude.

Many informal traders have been dislodged from their income-earning activities and this will further worsen our poverty.

Many have been left jobless and this poses a horrid peril at a time we are working on our economic turnaround.

I liken this operation to adding salt to injury.

The police need never compromise with illegal dealers that are fuelling black market activities at the expense of national progress, but should show leniency on informal tradesmen that are struggling to make ends meet.

The clean-up operation would have been more appropriate at a time in the future when our economy returns back onto the rails.

Our national priority should not be only to rid Zimbabwe of dirt, but to provide better living conditions for the populace.

A man whose priority is to sparkle clean a house full of hunger can surely not be viewed in high esteem as one who endures a little dirt as he has not enough time to clean up because of work commitments and the need to provide for his family.

Normal people cannot resist or be hostile to a genuine clean-up agenda that benefits them. This exercise would be most welcome at a date when our unemployment rates are lower and there are jobs for everyone, fuel shortages are gone, there is an influx of foreign currency and our GDP is increasing because of growth in investments in all sectors of our economy.

Let us deal directly with the cause of these pollutants instead of trying to eradicate the pollution itself because it will still resurface.

Eddie Matikiti,


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