One In­fantry Bri­gade com­mit­ted to com­mu­ni­ties

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Staff Sergeant Makonese In­no­cent

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)

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