By Lovemore Chazingwa
Empowerment focused organisation Kadoma Ndizvo Trust (KNT) aims to move to infrastructure development as a tool to empower under-privileged and marginalised communities.
Delivering his keynote speech at this month’s National Clean-up Day, KNT administrator and spokesperson Floyd Chimboza emphasised the need to, not only clean in-door and out-door environments but also rehabilitate infrastructure.
“This is just the beginning of our efforts as KNT to make our contribution to community social responsibility. We will move on to recreational facilities, social amenities and things like sewer, drainage and manhole upgrade. We realise that the communities we intend to assist face other challenges which make life difficult. As a concerned organisation we’ll do everything in our abilities to improve communities,” said the energetic administrator.
The community based organisation did not only clean-up sections of the area but contributed a great deal, donating an assortment of cleaning material and clothing from work-suits, gumboots, brooms, mops, sweepers to respirators and latex gloves. All residents who came for the event got respirators and gloves to use even at their homes.
Two community health groups, Murambasvina and Shanduko, received clothing and cleaning material to enhance their work, complementing council keep habitats healthy and tidy. There was loud outcry from stakeholders that while commendable efforts are made to fight diseases like cholera and typhoid, some residents are at the forefront in dumping waste and litter at undesignated places, worst of them in drainage systems and open manholes.
These are part of a reticulation system meant to collect and dump waste into properly designated dump sites and council waste processing stations. Residents were strongly warned to desist from such habits but, urged to promote healthy and clean habitats. Waste which is prevalent in drainage pipes and manholes are pampers, plastics and cloths.
From its inception KNT has channelled resources for the development of Rimuka Township surroundings especially, in the GB/SQ area so far. It has mobilised resources, most of them from the diaspora thereby beefing up council efforts in service delivery to residents. Some of the diaspora members in this noble cause used to reside in this section of Rimuka. This initiative by the organisation dovetails into the National Clean-up policy embraced by Government at the behest of President Emmerson Mnangagwa since late last year. Beginning January this year, every first Friday of each month is National Clean-up Day.