By Richard Shumba
Gweru Residents and Rate Payers Association (GRRA) recently conducted a tree planting campaign in Mkoba as way to rehabilitate the environment.
The theme of the campaign was “Gweru a greener tomorrow’’ and the event witnessed residents from various parts of Mkoba attending and supporting the tree planting initiative.
In an interview GRRA Executive Director, Cornilia Selipiwe said they were going to continuously conduct such events and encouraged residents to continue dedicating their support to the initiative.
“This was the first event under the new Campaign and was a great success measuring by participation of residents. More events will be taking place in other places of the city during this rainy season, with teamwork, innovation and commitment a group of organisations in Gweru is taking courageous action to address some of the pressing issues of our time,” he said.
Meanwhile Salvation Army church Pastor Kudzai Marime applauded the initiative by GRRA and urged them to continue rehabilitating the environment.
“We are proud of GRRA for playing a leading role in protecting the environment where we operate and giving back to the communities whom we work with, we stand strong in the battle against climate change,” he said.
Gweru Mayor Cllr Josiah Makombe also expressed his sincere appreciation towards the tree planting exercise.
“We thank GRRA for conducting such an initiative in the city, our city and country at large will become a desert if we do not plant trees because we have so many challenges such as load shedding.
They are making a difference and we say thank you,” he said
The campaign seeks to plant one million trees in the city by 2030 which is aimed at addressing the issue of deforestation and habit loss.