Minister of Water, Environment and Climate, Oppah Muchinguri has called for a policy on air pollution which she said has become a major concern due to the increasing number of cars on roads.
Muchinguri who was speaking at a KUSASA wetland project launch in Harare today (Monday), she said most of the cars in Zimbabwe have exceeded their life span hence increased pollution.
“The number of Cars on our roads have grown tremendously over the past few years and this tells that the level of pollution is also rising given that these cars are second hand vehicles from Japan and Singapore and have out lived their life span”
“As such we need a policy frame work on air pollution which makes people plant trees so that the tree absorbed the carbon emitted from these cars especially in all our urban areas,” said Muchinguri.
She further acknowledged the presence of the First Lady, Auxillia Mnangangwa who was the guest of honor saying her presence marked the beginning of a new phase in Zimbabwe politics.
“I would like to thank her Excellency for coming up with this initiative of identifying this wetland for tree planting, it is of importance in the eco-system as it helps to maintain a balance of water drainage for Harare,” added Muchinguri.
First lady Auxillia Mnangagwa planted a Mukute Tree at the area and wished the tree to grow big and feed the whole of Zimbabwe which is her family..