Mogadishu’s local government has launched a week-long campaign to clean up the city on Thursday. The campaign was initiated by Mogadishu’s districts’ in partnership with the local government.
Mogadishu mayor, Abdirahman Omar Osman said the campaign to clean up the city will be participated hundreds of volunteers including women, youth, civil servants and other civil society organisations.
“The campaign will play a very important role in the process to beautify the city. It is good start, we called upon the people Mogadishu to take part the cleaning up of the town. You should never wait for someone to clean your house for you,” Osman said.
The first phase of the city clean up will mainly focus on cleaning up Shibis, Warta-Nabadda, Shangani and Bondhere districts.
The move is part of the larger government efforts to encourage the local to take part in rebuilding and beautifying the capital.
On Wednesday the Mayor tweeted “”My vision is a clean and beautiful city where tourists are enticed to come here because of the safety and cleanliness of our capital, with a quality of life that is of the highest standards.”
Mogadishu lies on a stretch of one of the most coveted coastlines in the world. Long described as “The White Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, it’s white sands, crystal temperate waters and tall palm trees have attracted tourists the world over for centuries. However, since the total collapse of government nearly three decades ago, lack of service providers and scarce government resources created a gap in basic service delivery, including garbage collection.
The garbage piles up and rubbish lined streets provide a daily reminder of years of war and neglect for Mogadishu’s citizens.
The local government and private companies have been conducting awareness workshops for cleaners to collect the rubbish both effectively and safely.