The President has discouraged local authorities from issuing building permits on wetlands. He was speaking as the Guest of Honour at the UCAZ 78th Annual Conference and Local Government Investment Conference (LOGIC 2019) held from 13 to 15 November 2019 in Bulawayo.

The President urged local authorities to work closely with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and hospitality Industry to educate residents about the adverse effects of climate change.

“Climate change is a reality for all of us to see. Presently, several urban local authorities are facing critical raw water shortages, resulting in severe water rationing,” said the President.

The President encouraged local authorities to embrace and participate in the ongoing National Clean-up as well as undertaking beautification and landscaping projects in their areas.