By ZBC Reporter
WITH the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Community Assistance Week now in full swing, members of the Josiah Tungamirai Airbase in Gweru took time to spruce up Thornhill Primary School this Thursday.
Josiah Tungamirai Airbase Base Commander, Air Commodore Marcelino Jaya, who led his troops in sprucing up the school said the programme helps in assisting the nation to attain its development target.
“The country has a target of reaching an upper-middle-income economy by 2030. As a security establishment, we are saying we have a duty to ensure that we play our part in achieving this milestone. The coronavirus outbreak has made it impossible for us to go out there to communities but has given us a chance to also look at institutions within our establishment,” he said.
Air Commodore Jaya also said apart from inculcating discipline amongst the military personnel, the assistance week has proved to be effective in establishing the much-needed bond between the community and the military personnel.
“As security personnel, we and the community are like fish and water. We need each other in whatever we are doing. We as the fish cannot survive without water. This programme gives us an opportunity to interact with the community and find out their needs and what they expect of us. Last year we were in Negove where we handed over the Negove clinic. We spread such programmes across the country and we don’t just wait for the assistance week,” We have also adopted the nearby roundabout and make sure that it is taken care of,” he further explained.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces community assistance week is an annual event which is a precursor to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces day and this year it is being commemorated under the theme: “Zimbabwe Defence Forces, creating a conducive environment for the attainment of vision 2030.”