One Infantry Brigade committed to communities
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, recently launched this year’s Community Assistance week in Chingwizi, Mwenezi District on behalf of the Minister of Defence, Dr Sydney Sekeremayi.
Gen Chiwenga officially handed over to the Chingwizi community a clinic which was constructed by the members of Zimbabwe Defence Forces as part of its community assistance projects.
One Infantry Brigade under the command of Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Augustine Chipwere, has managed to provide Military Aid to Communities of Matabeleland Region as a whole. Requests for assistance came from all corners of Matabeleland region to the Commander 1 Infantry Brigade, BrigGen Chipwere who responded positively. He always tells people seeking assistance that the brigade is ready to offer assistance to communities by providing experts only depending on type of labour requested.
Recently, the artisans from 1 Infantry Brigade Engineers Squadron completed the construction of a classroom block at Zhopembe Primary School in Beitbridge West Constituency under Chief Sitaudze.
On August 4, 2016 the classroom block was officially handed over to the community by the Chief of Staff General Staff from Army HQ, Major General Trust Mugoba who was the Guest of Honour.
In his remarks, Major General Mugoba said: “As the Defence Forces we have a constitutional obligation to defend Zimbabwe’s Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity and vital national interests. It is from this provision that we derive several roles. To this end, the Army participated in activities completely divorced from their core business of persecuting wars. This is what is termed Military Assistance to Civil Ministries or communities. The relationship between the Defence Force and their respective communities is thus reciprocal. We depend on each other for the good of our survival. Indeed, we are like fish and water as Chairman Mao Zedong would put it”.
The beneficiaries were all smiles. They said the donation was going to change their education in a big way.
Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director Mrs Tumisang Thabela also witnessed the handover ceremony.
“I thank the ZNA support and partnership you showed to the community. This school should also offer non-formal education and is going to change,” she said.
The headmaster, Mr Lebohang Tlou, also commended the Zimbabwe National Army and urged pupils to study hard.
Among the dignitaries present were the Member of Parliament for Beitbridge West Constituency Cde Matrine Mudau, Zanu-PF Matabeleland South Provincial Chairperson, Cde Rabelani Choeni, District Administrator, Mr Simon Muleya, Chief Sitaudze and the CEO of Beitbridge Rural District Council, Mr P Ncube.
Some of the Community Assistance projects that have been carried out by 1 Infantry Brigade include painting and roofing of Siyadindi Clinic in Binga District, construction of Inala Clinic in Tsholotsho District, roofing and plastering of Mbimba Clinic in Bulilima District, construction a classroom block at Sinansengwe Secondary School, construction of a classroom block at Esiphikeni Secondary School in Umguza District, roofing, painting and tubing of Thokwana Clinic in Plumtree and many others.
However, communities should note that in all projects that the ZNA undertakes, it only provides qualified personnel. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the respective communities requesting for assistance to speed up the provision and mobilisation of resources to avoid stalling of the projects. Once the communities have mobilised the resources the Zimbabwe Defence Forces will complete the outstanding projects without delay.
Members of 1 Infantry Brigade fit window panes at a classroom block they constructed at Zhopembe Primary School in Beitbridge recently. (Picture by Staff Sergeant Innocent Makonese)