As we are fast approaching the hotly contested 2018 general elections in Zimbabwe, it brings me to wonder whether our local politicians are really concerned or aware of the realities of local governance in Zimbabwe.

Everywhere you go, you are met with Waste littered anywhere and everywhere the eye can see. It is not surprising to see waste dumped or discarded beside a bin, opposite a bin or a few meters from a bin, that is if a bin is available in the first place.

It is of great concern that I ponder on this issue. On the 26th of 2018, I attended a concert organized by Young People for Others, which had youths from 6 schools performing, namely St Ignatius College, Kutama College, St Dominic’s Chishawasha, St Peters Clover, St Peters Mbare and Goromonzi High School. The concert was lively and showcased the abundance of Zim talent.

Of great concern was the litter I noticed, the next day when I went back to Arupe University for a Magis Ignatian mass. As I entered the campus, I saw lots of litter literally dumped beside the bin. This troubled me and I found it disturbing that students from schools that rank in the top three in terms of academic excellence in the country have students who litter worse of who litter in front of a bin. Adding grieve to a sorrowful heart, a walk in the streets of Harare, ones seeing eyes will be greeted with an amplified example of bins surrounded by litter and in some desperate instances an overflowing bin surrounded by waste.

The problem of waste littering from my observation is a national problem, community problem, and family problem. It would not be an exaggeration to say many children have seen their parents commit the environmental offense of littering and likewise parents have turned a blind eye and or encouraged their children to litter. The evidence is before us and in our conscience.

As a believer of the Risen Christ and the Holy Trinity, coming from a country that is predominantly Christian and multi-religious and secular in governance, we need to ask for the spirit of enlightenment, to have the wisdom to avoid littering.

The spirit of anti-littering will be made alive when we address the issue of waste disposal, waste management, separation of waste at source and recycling activities in primary schools, high schools, polytechnical colleges, universities and religious institutions. In short, we need a series of awareness programs.

“We need to create the culture wherein a person who has accumulated or accrued waste, must wait patiently till they can discard their waste properly”

As we decide who shall be elected as our President, respective members of parliament and councilors, let us discern with the spirit of truth whether those we shall vote for will champion anti-littering.

Tafara R Dandadzi

CYNESA