Pres­i­dent hails ZDF

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day paid trib­ute to the coun­try’s se­cu­rity ser­vices for their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the main­te­nance of a con­ducive and peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment that has pro­moted the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth.

He said this at the 2016 Pres­i­dent’s Medal Shooting com­pe­ti­tion at Cleveland Range in Harare.

The event ran un­der the theme “Nur­tur­ing Skills and Arms for the Res­o­lute De­fence of the Con­sti­tu­tion and Na­tional Sovereignty for So­cial and Eco­nomic Growth”.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Chief Pri­son Of­fi­cer Sarah Se­bata and Zimbabwe Na­tional Army Four Brigade, Cor­po­ral John Dzo­vani were the out­stand­ing shoo­tists.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Zimbabwe con­tin­ued to be a safe des­ti­na­tion for in­vestors and tourists due to the peace and sta­bil­ity that the se­cu­rity forces have man­aged to up­hold since in­de­pen­dence.

“As a sov­er­eign na­tion, such a peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment is a pre-req­ui­site for our suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous pro­grammes in pur­suit of achiev­ing aims and ob­jec­tives of Zim-As­set, our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment blue­print,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ap­plauded the or­gan­is­ers of the shooting com­pe­ti­tion for cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for civil­ians to in­ter­act with the se­cu­rity forces, thereby cul­ti­vat­ing and pro­mot­ing cor­dial co-ex­is­tence be­tween se­cu­rity forces and civil­ians.

“In essence, shooting is a com­pet­i­tive sport in­volv­ing tests of speed and ac­cu­racy, hence there is the need for demon­stra­tion of high lev­els of pro­fi­ciency.

“As such and in line with this year’s theme, it is my fer­vent hope that com­pe­ti­tions of this na­ture as well as in­tra- and in­ter-ser­vice com­pe­ti­tions will con­tinue to nur­ture and fine-tune se­cu­rity forces’ shooting skills,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe en­cour­aged the shoo­tists to com­pete re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“I would like to chal­lenge the rel­e­vant min­istries and na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions to make de­lib­er­ate ef­forts to de­velop shooting as a vi­brant sport so that we are able to com­pete both re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,” he said.

Mean­while, the AFZ gave Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe an hon­orary shooting award.

Min­is­ter of De­fence Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi, Com­man­der De­fence Forces Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga and Com­man­der AFZ Air Mar­shal Shiri also re­ceived hon­orary awards.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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