By Patience Nyagato
JOURNALISTS, business people, musicians and sports persons have been honoured for playing an active role in empowering communities’ through various platforms at the Zimbabwe community news awards held in Harare last night.
Presenting awards to torch-bearers and champions in community development and empowerment, Guest of Honour at the second edition of the Zimbabwe Community News Awards, the Minister of Information, Publicity And Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa called on society to put their differences aside and work towards building Zimbabwe.
She said: “Let’s take the opportunity to build our country. We take pride in these milestones in media and want to give marginalised societies a voice and that’s what we are striving for. Media space to become free it will take time but we will be there. We need every Zimbabwean to walk this journey and we will build our nation if we put our differences aside at the end of the day be patriotic and love our country.”
“Let’s always remember to build a nation. Award winners well done for being truthful and honest and we commend you for your efforts in empowering community and expose the ills in societies,’ she added.
ZBC News Health Editor Abigirl Tembo, musician Michael Mahendere and comedian Felistas Murata, who were among the community champions honoured, spoke on their vision to continue contributing positively in the empowerment of communities.
Among other champions who were recognised for their participation in community empowerment include ZBC’s Power FM and Classic 263 Radio manager Terrence Mapurisana, Ezomgido presenter Prominence Makaza, boxing champion Charles Manyuchi, musician Pastor G, comedian Madam Boss, Kidz Can Cancer Relief, Miss Albinism Trust and the Zimbabwe Parks And Wildlife Management Authority, among others.