The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) has dragged Marondera municipality to court for continuously polluting the environment with raw sewer.
This comes after EMA has previously issued the council with several tickets for failing to comply with environmental laws.
EMA says Council contravened Section 115 of the EMA Act and has charged Council for ,”failure to resuscitate its sewer treatment plants as well as dispose refuse at a designated point”.
Mashonaland East Environmental Management Agency (EMA) public relations officer, Astas Mabwe said they have engaged the council to fix sewer problems for several years but they failed to comply.
The local authority was supposed to appear before Marondera Magistrate on March 30 but the date was postponed due to lockdown.
“We have been engagingthem (Marondera municipality) for several years and they always promise that they are going to fix the problem, but they only made blank promises and no action has been taken for several years.
“Municipality of Marondera does not have even a single working sewer pumping station as all the four broke down many years ago. Raw sewer is flowing directly into, and contaminating water sources that supply the town which results in more cost for water treatment.
“We issued them with tickets and ordered them to fix the problem but they did not comply hence we have decided to take the legal way,” said Mr Mabwe.
Mr Mabwe revealed that they had served the council with more than six tickets for polluting the environment.