OSHAKATI, 25 MAY – Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Lucia Iipumbu has called on Namibians to support the national clean-up campaign.
Iipumbu made the call at the beginning of the event at Oshakati on Friday.
She said the country will regain its position as the cleanest country in Africa if all Namibians keep their surroundings clean at all times.
Namibia lost its status as cleanest country in Africa to Rwanda and is now the 10th cleanest country on the continent.
A ban on non-biodegradable plastic in 2008 is believed to have contributed to Rwanda’s ranking.
Iipumbu said a dirty environment could lead to an outbreak of disease.
She also called on Namibians to stop littering and said they should dispose of things such as plastic bags, bottles and tins at designated waste disposal sites.
In a speech read on his behalf, Geingob said the clean-up campaign is the beginning of a new chapter for Namibia.
“We are cultivating an ethos of keeping our capital city, towns, villages and homes clean,” he said.
Members of the Namibia Defence Force, Namibian Police Force, Correctional Services, Women and Men Network against Crime, waste removal contractors and private individuals joined the clean-up at Oshakati as early as 06h00.
Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma; Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni and Mines and Energy Minister Kornelia Shilunga also participated in the clean-up.