Residents in Harare have appealed to First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa to intervene and stop the continued destruction of wetlands.
In an interview with NewsDay Local Environment Action Plans (Leap) Dzivarasekwa committee member, Alice Kasinamunda appealed to Mnangagwa who is also Zanu-PF secretary for environment and tourism to intervene as there are individuals who abuse their powerful positions and build on wetlands. Said Kasinamunda:
We have made several efforts to educate people on the importance of wetlands and just when we thought people were appreciating their [wetlands] value, some individuals started construction projects which pose a threat to the survival of the wetlands. The major problem is that some of these individuals claim to be powerful and this limits our ability to protect our environment. But we understand that the First Lady is passionate about protection of the environment and we would like to call upon her to intervene and compliment our efforts in protecting the environment,