Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporter
WILL Bulawayo ever claim its former glory as one of the smartest cities in the Sadc region? It does not seem so.
Bulawayo’s central business district sanitary lanes have become a haven of litter with the local authority expressing concern over rampant dumping which has rendered its night garbage collection ineffective.
The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) last month introduced night refuse collection in a bid to restore the city to its former glory as one of the cleanest cities in southern Africa.
But since the start of the programme, the city’s streets have remained very dirty as if there is no garbage collection in the city.
Dumped litter that gives off an offensive stench and breeds flies has become synonymous with the streets of Bulawayo, especially in the areas surrounding the marketplaces.
The rainy season has worsened the situation.
Concerns have also been raised that littering in the city centre could lead to an outbreak of diseases.
This is mainly because most of the littering and garbage dumping is done in areas where vending is taking place.
During the course of the year, the council embarked on various campaigns to clean up the city including the week-long Big Spring-Cleaning programme, which for a moment led to the city’s streets being clean.
Last week, council identified various littering hotspots in the hope that beyond the…