Rundu cleans up its act

27 February 2019 | Local News

The chairperson of the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum, Anselm Marungu, says this month's clean-up campaign at Rundu was a success.

In a recent interview with Ewi lyaNooli, Marungu thanked the residents that participated, saying they had made a significant contribution to cleaning up their town.

Rundu's streets had become dumpsites, especially the road reserve along Maria Mwengere Road.

The town council has been unable to collect rubbish despite residents paying for the service. This led to monthly clean-up campaigns by young people, which made little difference to the unhygienic situation.

This month, the Kavango East Regional Council, in conjunction with the Kavango East Regional Youth Forum, initiated a massive clean-up campaign which targeted hotspots such as Maria Mwengere Road.

Residents, schoolchildren, students and companies did their bit to clean up the town.

A week later, most of the targeted areas remained clean and Marungu declared the event a success.

“The clean-up campaign was a success because we've never had such a big turnout and assistance from companies, civil servants as well as learners from the various schools. I can proudly say that it was a success,” Marungu said.

Marungu said keeping the town clean should be a collective effort by all everyone involved although the primary responsibility lay with the local authority.

“Investors will always want to invest in a clean town and through that our young people will be able to secure employment, therefore it is very important for us to keep our town clean,” he said.

On the way forward, Marungu urged the Rundu town council to deliver the needed services to its residents.

He also called on the local authority to regularly empty skip containers around town to prevent residents dumping their rubbish in open spaces.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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