Chiefs lauded for pushing for development agenda

By Providence Maraneli

TRADITIONAL leaders from Matabeleland south province have been showered with praise for their enthusiasm in pushing government’s development agenda.

With the government’s climate proof pfumvudza /intwasa farming concept having yielded positive results last summer, traditional leaders are confident that people centred programmes are critical in turning around the fortunes of the country’s economy.

The traditional leaders are also leading by example with Chief Ndube of Insiza joining her community in land preparation for this summer’s Pfumbvudza/Intwasa programme.

“We are really appreciative of the intwasa programme , it did wonders last year and this year as a female chief, a mother I said let me put aside my status in the society and dig with others so that I show an example.”

“In beitbridge people have taken this program seriously and with last year’s results there to show we are really proud of this program.”

“In matobo people are really excited , the seed has been delievered we hope the rains are going to come and because of the number of people who have taken up this program we are going to see wonders.”

“Beitbridge is hot but with pfumbvudza people get something out of the fields.”

The Zimbabwe National Army chief of staff quarter master staff, Major General Hlanganai Dube who presided over the traditional leaders day at Mbalabala school of infantry this Friday lauded the chiefs’ desire in working towards the development of the country.

All the government programs like command agriculture and intwasa/pfumbvudza cannot be successful without the involvement of chiefs . In this regard the government trusts your support in the execution of these programs which have already been successful because of your commitment.

The annual traditional leaders day saw 30 chiefs drawn from Matabeleland receiving a Christmas hampers from the Zimbabwe national army, maize , traditional grain, cotton seed and fertilizer from the country’s major seed houses.