New refuse trucks for Gweru

By Tinaani Nyabereka
Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs, Senator Larry Mavhima has commissioned two new Gweru City Council (GCC) refuse compactors, a move which will ease service delivery around the city.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony at Gweru Civic Centre recently, Mavhima said the coming in of compactors will help avoid cholera and typhoid invasion in the city as all refuse will be safely disposed.
“The procurement of these new refuse trucks was not easy but through the close cooperation of the council authorities and the central government the scarce US dollars were released to purchase the trucks.
“While these may not be enough it still marks the new council’s trajectory to improve the living standards of the Gweru community. The new chapter should help us then never to be invaded by typhoid or cholera as we once witnessed in the recent past,” said Mavhima.
Gweru Mayor, Josaiah Makombe said council will always strive to have a clean environment across the city through prioritizing health and sanitation. “The normal life span of refuse compactors is five years and the current ones are now way over their life span. I assure you Minister these refuse trucks will be kept at the tip top condition as due care is going to be taken for these trucks to last long.
“We will do more as council as we strive to have a clean environment and become a sustainable city of choice by year 2030. We only become that city when health and sanitation issues are prioritized and council will not rest until we achieve that goal,” he added.
Makombe encouraged the business community and the residents to support council by contributing generously to the health and sanitation issues. The compactors were procured at a cost of $775.000.

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