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EMA threatens to drag Council to court

Zvishavane– The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) is at loggerheads with Zvishavane Town Council (ZTC) and has promised to take them to court after the Council’s failure to adhere to environmental regulations.

EMA is accusing ZTC of discharging raw affluent in some residential areas like Highlands and Makwasha leaving residents in grave danger of the cholera epidemic which has hit the country.

Zvishavane District Environmental Officer, Sally Maguvu, said the local authority is failing to comply with the orders from EMA as it continues to float environmental laws by discharging effluent in water bodies.

“The council has failed to take heed of our call to stop contaminating our natural rivers,” Maguvu said.

Efforts to get a comment from the town council were in vain as calls went unanswered.

Meanwhile EMA has started constructing biogas digesters in rural areas as a measure of controlling the cutting down of trees.

This move was part of the long term plan of the organization to reduce deforestation caused by the use of wood for domestic purposes which is very high in the Midlands province. The Agency plans to construct biogas digesters in every district in the Midlands.

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