The City of Mutare has resolved to ban the use of farm bricks for both commercial and residential construction in line with a directive issued by the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).
EMA gave the order in 2016, and following a recent full council meeting, councillors took the decision to comply.
263Chat quotes Mutare Town Clerk Joshua Maligwa as saying:
We are obliged as a council to comply with the EMA order issued in June 2016 which then set a deadline of December 2016 for the council to stop using farm bricks for institutional, commercial and residential construction in the city of Mutare.
EMA has made this decision because the use of farm bricks promotes destructive practices to the environment particularly rampant deforestation as large quantities of firewood are used in the manufacturing of farm bricks.
As a progressive council we also have the master plan which envisages transforming Mutare into a smart city and how then do we reconcile the use of farm bricks and construction of story buildings.
Maligwa revealed that Mutare City Council has a 35-hectare site that has been set aside for brickmaking lying idle.
He also revealed that the fear of litigation after violating the EMA Act has forced the council to comply with the EMA directive.