Oppah: Under whites, Zimbabwe wasn’t this filthy
AS government issued a cholera alert this week, environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said Zimbabwe has become so filthy that she thought whites, as cruel as they were to black people, managed their surroundings well and knowledgeably.
Muchinguri-Kashiri said this Friday during a press conference in which she told journalists that government was considering declaring the whole country a water shortage area.
The minister then commented on the general cleanliness of the country as a whole, saying Zimbabwe had become one of the dirtiest countries in Southern Africa.
Her comments came hardly 24 hours after health minister, David Parirenyatwa, warned that his department was worried that water borne diseases could break out anytime in the event of flash floods.
Muchinguri-Kashiri said Zimbabweans had become reckless and careless about their environment especially those in urban areas where bins are routinely stolen by members of the public.
“Something has gone wrong with us Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans are living dangerously. We cannot live luxuriously like this and forget that we are humans,” said Muchinguri-Kashiri.
She added, “Murungu anga akaipa asi aive noruzivo nezvemagariro emativi mana ake. (The white person was cruel, but had vast knowledge on how to live in a community and care for its surroundings).”
The minister deplored the random cutting down of trees in the farmlands and rural communities.
“We have become reckless as a nation. Why are we so irresponsible? You need those trees. The whole country is filthy and no one dares to correct the situation.
“Raw sewage is everywhere for more than a decade and people expect to be immune from diseases! This is unacceptable. We need a paradigm shift,” Muchinguri –Kashiri lamented.
The minister said while Zimbabweans used to look down upon Mozambicans they are now the worst in the region.
“We throw litter everywhere through car windows. We should not blame anyone because we are destroying ourselves,” the minister said.