ZNA sport event to uplift dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

ZIM­BABWE Na­tional Army ( ZNA) com­man­der Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Philip Va­le­rio Sibanda has said their sport­ing events are aimed at up­lift­ing dis­ad­van­taged groups in so­ci­ety.

Speak­ing in Vic­to­ria Falls at the close of the 12th Com­man­der ZNA Ex­ec­u­tive In­ter­ac­tive Ini­tia­tive Fun Shoot and Golf Tour­na­ment of which he is pa­tron, Sibanda said they were do­nat­ing $2 000 to Chino­timba Old Peo­ple’s Home in Vic­to­ria Falls as part their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and ini­tia­tive to in­ter­act with com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are grate­ful to the cor­po­rate world for sup­port­ing the army in its sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. These events are meant to fos­ter mil­i­tary re­la­tions with civil­ians in com­mu­ni­ties as well as fundraise for other projects as we sup­port dis­ad­van­taged sections of so­ci­ety,” said Sibanda.

“I want to ap­pre­ci­ate the or­gan­is­ers of this event as well as thank the cor­po­rate world for its sup­port de­spite eco­nomic hard­ships as ev­i­denced by the growth of the ZNA Ex­ec­u­tive In­ter­ac­tive Ini­tia­tive. It is my wish that we con­tinue work­ing to­gether so as to strengthen re­la­tions be­tween the army and com­mu­ni­ties.”

The fun shoot was held on Fri­day at Hwange’s 1.2 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion where about 300 par­tic­i­pants drawn from the ZNA, de­fence at­tachés from Botswana and DRC, and civil­ians took part, while 75 par­tic­i­pated at the golf tour­na­ment at Ele­phant Hills Ho­tel Golf Course in Vic­to­ria Falls on Satur­day.

The an­nual ZNA Ex­ec­u­tive In­ter­ac­tive Ini­tia­tive is a plat­form for in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the army chief, se­nior ZNA of­fi­cers and the busi­ness com­mu­nity to min­gle and mix and share ideas in a re­laxed sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Next year’s Com­man­der ZNA Ex­ec­u­tive In­ter­ac­tive Ini­tia­tive event will be held in Nyanga.

Some of the fun shoot ac­tiv­i­ties were AK-47 100M, AK-47 in­di­vid­ual, PKM Team Shoot and the Fall­ing Plates, fig­ure 11, pis­tol 15Ms and AK47 fi­nal top.

The ZNA also spon­sors the ZNA Char­ity Shied for Pre­mier Soc­cer League clubs. — @ncubeleon

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