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    All set for Masvingo defence forces celebrations



    MASVINGO
    - The Zimbabwe Defence Forces 36th  birthday celebrations in Masvingo will be held at Mucheke stadium on  August 9, 2016 with a parade mounted by soldiers from Headquarters 4 Infantry Brigade and Units under command.
    This year's celebrations will be held under the theme ''The ZDF resolute in Defence of the Constitution, National Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity and National Interest for social economic growth''
    In an analysis on the significance of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces day, the Commander 4 Infantry Brigade Brigadier General Exsebious Tshuma had this to say: "The ZDF is 36 years old now and in my view, I am satisfied that it is matching its age in terms of technology, professional standards and maturity. We have greatly improved as compared to other fores in the region as we have managed to pull through besides operating in a sanction induced environment, and we have not been found wanting as we have become more formidable and matured to the situation that we are today.
    Secondly, the ZDF's special part of it, is that: the day came into being following the Integration of the warring parties i.e ZANLA, ZIPRA and the Rhodesian Forces which came together to form the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and upto now a lot of transformation has been made in both training and professional standards, as we have managed to engage all departments in various military courses to match the modern standards of today's army''
    Community Assistance Week
    It is a week preceding the ZDF Day, which is set aside in order to help the less privileged during time of need. During the Defence Forces week, we undertake a number of community projects as a gesture of solidarity between members of 4 Infantry Brigade and the community within which we are living. This year we hope to participate in the following areas:
    The Commander 4 Infantry Brigade Brig General E V Tshuma will have lunch with the 18 Inmates of Mucheke Old people's home.
    41 Combat Group will  complete a toilet at Nemamwa District Heroes Acre, which was left unfinished last year as well as painting the tomb of the unknown soldier whilst 42 Infantry Battalion will deploy a medical team at Gutu Rural District Hospital to treat patients. Apart from these Community assistance activities which shall run from 01 – 05 August 2016, 4 Infantry Brigade through its skilled engineers has been engaged on long term projects such as the construction of a clinic at Chingwizi resettlement Camp which was completed and handed over to the beneficiaries on 01 August 2016, 2 x classroom Block at Ndarama High School in Masvingo urban which was handed over on 02 August 2016 respectively. A team of artisans will this year embark on the construction of a  clinic in Bikita under Chief Marozva, an ECD Block in Masvingo west at Mudhenge  primary school as well as roofing, plastering  and glazing of classroom blocks at Chikukutu Primary school in Bikita.  Mukume Secondary School in Mwenezi will also benefit through the construction of a classroom block.
    The Commander of 4 Infantry Brigade urged the general community of Masvingo that as soldiers, we don't operate in isolation therefore the relationship between soldiers and the public should be equated to that of fish and water (inseparable). He also encouraged the Masvingo community to come and celebrate the day with us and to get in-touch with HQ 4 Brigade if there are any issues which needed to be clarified.
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