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9/28/2020 10:17:59 AM

Council moves to stop Pomona fires

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Council moves to stop Pomona fires

Staff Writer ~ 5 weeks ago ~  
Council has set up two thematic committees to work on a strategy to prevent the recurrence of fires at Pomona dumpsite.
Council has set up two thematic committees to work on a strategy to prevent the recurrence of fires at Pomona dumpsite. The thematic committees are made up of various stakeholders. The city’s biggest waste dumping site has had perennial fires coming in between three year periods in the last decade. The last of such fires was this year which took a total of 18 days to put out. Speaking during a stakeholder’s meeting to review the Pomona Fire, Acting Amenities Manager Engineer Keith Mapunzamoyo said, the long term plan is to have a properly engineered landfill for the City. “We all are aware that the city needs a new properly engineered landfill but at the moment, in the short term, we need to make sure that no fire burns at Pomona again,” he said. Speaking during the same event, the City’s Environmental Management Head, Mr Lisben Chipfunde said consultations are at an advanced stage with sister local authorities and the Ministry of Local Government to establish at least four dumpsites around the city. “The City had already made several moves in terms of identifying land. The Ministry of Local Government referred the matter to Harare Metropolitan Province and the Provincial Administrator, had written to the Ministry of lands so that they can quickly assist the city. He said the issue of land was now being escalated to the Town Clerk so that he can then go the Metropolitan Province so that they can approach the Ministry of Lands. “We had also talked to all the local authorities that surround the city including Norton and Zvimba so that we can have a landfill that side. Any waste that comes from these areas would go to that site. “We had another side where we have Epworth, Ruwa, and Goromonzi so that all waste from those areas would go to the same landfill and reduce the traveling distance for our waste fleet. “We also had Chitungwiza and Manyame which are supposed to have landfill that side,” he said. He said Mazowe had promised a site for the other site. Mr Chipfunde said the city was going to follow up on this initiative for shared landfill sites which can also be used as transfer sites. “These can also be used as transfer site where there can be a waste to energy project where all the material can then be conveyed using bigger trucks to the energy plant,” he said.