Some local artistes will soon join hands with government officials and members of the public in a Valentine’s Day clean-up campaign at Harare's Mereki Shopping Center in Warren Park suburb this Saturday.
One of the artists, BaShupi, told VOA Studio 7 the campaign, running under the theme “Marara Mubhini” has generated a lot of interest from the public and is likely to gain more ground once people realise how much effort the artistes are putting to help clean-up the country.
"I was driven to take action with my colleagues after seeing the way the city of Harare is deteriorating day after day because of the amount of litter being dumped everywhere by the public," said BaShupi.
BaShupi called on the government to arrest those that are caught littering as a way of detering people from dumping litter in undesignated places.
Some lawmakers including Joseph Chinotimba of Buhera South and Harare West MP Jessie Majome have also been actively participating in clean-up campaigns in Harare, which BaShupi said prompted him to also take part in the campaign.
"We saw VaChinotimba cleaning up in Mbare, and decided to do something similiar," he said, adding that it is important for everyone to play their part in keeping their cities clean.
"We are interested in bringing back Harare to is former glory of being known as the Sunshine City," said Bashupi.
Bashupi said he has also been working with government ministers and the local authority in the clean-up campaign.
"We will be cleaning up at Mereki during Valentines Day as we know that a lot of people will be congregating at that place on a day lovers will be celebrating that special day," said BaShupi.