ZNA hails role of tra­di­tional lead­ers

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THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Army (ZNA) has com­mended the role of tra­di­tional lead­ers in up­hold­ing the true cul­tural val­ues of Zim­babwe and pledged to work closely with them in all de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes.

Ad­dress­ing chiefs on the oc­ca­sion of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers’ Day Com­mem­o­ra­tions at Herbert Chitepo Bar­racks in Mutare re­cently Bri­gadier Gen­eral (Brig Gen) Gen­eral Staff, Kasirai Tazira said ZNA cel­e­brated the day in hon­our of the role tra­di­tional lead­ers played in na­tion build­ing, which con­sti­tuted an im­por­tant cog in the se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­men­tal ar­chi­tec­ture of the coun­try.

He said tra­di­tional lead­ers were the repos­i­to­ries of moral and cul­tural val­ues in the so­ci­ety.

“As an emis­sary sent by the Com­man­der ZNA, I have come to let you know that the ZNA ac­knowl­edges the role you play in sup­port­ing all Govern­ment pro­grammes and in­still­ing the true cul­tural val­ues in the com­mu­ni­ties that you lead. As the coun­try’s De­fence Forces we are proud to part­ner you in your en­deav­ours to fos­ter peace and de­vel­op­ment in your re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties. As your chil­dren, we all fall un­der your ju­ris­dic­tion that is why the Com­man­der ZNA has set this day aside in hon­our of the ster­ling work that you are do­ing,” Brig Gen Tazira ex­plained.

Brig Gen Tazira chal­lenged chiefs to strictly guard against wan­ton en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, which had be­come a threat to the so­ci­ety.

“As lead­ers in your re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties you should guard against the ram­pant de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment es­pe­cially the un­nec­es­sary cut­ting down of trees, which poses a grave threat to the en­vi­ron­ment, flora and fauna,” he said.

He said it was ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­serve and pro­tect forests. He fur­ther urged the chiefs to ed­u­cate their sub­jects to be de­vel­op­ment-ori­en­tated to move the coun­try for­ward.

Speak­ing at the same event, Com­man­der 3 In­fantry Brigade, Brig Gen Joe Muzvidziwa thanked the chiefs for their staunch and un­wa­ver­ing sup­port to the army’s pro­grammes in the prov­ince and be­yond.

“I wish to con­vey my ut­most grat­i­tude to you for spar­ing your time off your nor­mal busi­ness to come and in­ter­act with us, your se­cu­rity forces. We take cog­ni­sance of the im­por­tant role that you play as cus­to­di­ans of our her­itage. “As your sons and daugh­ters in your com­mu­nity, we pledge to con­tinue work­ing with you in your en­deav­our to sup­port the Govern­ment’s de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes,” he said.

The day saw the tra­di­tional lead­ers in­ter­act­ing with the army be­fore be­ing treated to a pis­tol fir­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Buhera Dis­trict emerged win­ners and were awarded a cash prize of $300 and a float­ing tro­phy while Mutare and Mu­tasa dis­tricts came sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Chiefs and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives hav­ing a feel of live fir­ing at Herbert Chitepo Bar­racks, re­cently.

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