Harare City Council yesterday presented a certificate of appreciation to Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa and his United Family International Church following the church’s massive clean-up campaign in the city last week.
Council engineer Phillip Pfukwa said: “It is not about the number of papers that you picked, it’s the thought that counts. The message you have sent to the nation is big.”
Last Sunday, Makandiwa led over 40 000 church members in a clean-up campaign mostly targeting commuter omnibus ranks.
Pfukwa added: “As city council, we are struggling to manage litter. Come rainy season, my office will be flooded by people who will be complaining that we are not cleaning drains and that they are blocked. Even at home, drains are blocked by litter.
“The results of littering are too ghastly to contemplate. The litter is taken to the lake and this is the same water from the lake that we should drink.”
Meanwhile, Makandiwa’s wife, Ruth on Friday hosted a lavish dinner for 120 underprivileged couples from the church. The dinner was held at a five-star hotel in the capital Harare.
The couples were drawn from the church’s 12 zones in Harare and Chitungwiza.