Soldiers there to serve the people

Outgoing Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa chats with Brigadier Francis Mutisi (centre) and Zimbabwe National Army commander Lt Gen Phillip Valerio Sibanda after officially opening Nyakasikana Primary School which was built by the army in Beatrice

Outgoing Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa chats with Brigadier Francis Mutisi (centre) and Zimbabwe National Army commander Lt Gen Phillip Valerio Sibanda after officially opening Nyakasikana Primary School which was built by the army in Beatrice

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Outgoing Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said the just-ended harmonised elections had buried MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, never to rise again. He said it was now time for Zanu-PF to continue with its development projects as the inclusive government that was constituted by three political parties had expired.

Cde Mnangagwa said this during the commissioning of four classroom blocks at Nyakasikana satellite primary school in Beatrice that was constructed by members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

The event coincided with the commemoration of the Zimbabwe Defence Force community assistance week which is held annually on the eve of the ZDF commemoration day.

“With regards to Tsvangirai and Ncube, we have buried them, they are gone. We have indeed buried them using our votes,” said Cde Mnangagwa, who is also Zanu-PF Secretary for Legal Affairs.

He said it was critical that Zimbabweans strive to improve themselves because Western countries were never interested in the development of Africa but merely to exploit its resources.

“No one else will come here to develop our country unless we take the necessary initiatives to improve ourselves. We have no interests in going to develop London, Australia or Scotland, just as they do not have interest to develop our country. Their interest is just to come here and exploit our resources,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa said liberation fighters sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the country, and people had to safeguard it by voting wisely.
“Your task is not as difficult as what liberation fighters went through. They suffered to have this country come in the hands of the black majority, but what you just need to do does not require energy, it is just voting wisely as what you have done,” he said.

The ZDF, said Cde Mnangagwa, was there to work for the people both in times of war and in times of peace.
“During the time of war they fight the enemy but in peaceful times, they construct schools for the betterment of the community as what they have done here,” he said.

Gone are the days, said Cde Mnangagwa, when people would run away from soldiers at the height of the liberation struggle.
“These are your soldiers. They are not like those whom you used to run away from, Ian Smith soldiers. They are there for you,” he said. He said the name Nyakasikana evoked memories of the First Chimurenga waged by Mbuya Nehanda.

Cde Mnangagwa said the ZDF would donate furniture for two classroom blocks.
He said he would also donate two computers to push the Manyame Rural District Council to electrify the school.

Cde Mnangagwa also pledged on behalf of the ZDF to construct a foot bridge to ensure uninterrupted movement of pupils during the rain season. The local leadership had indicated that during the rain season, some pupils fail to attend lessons as a river adjacent to the school would be flooded.

The event was attended by outgoing Mashonaland East provincial Governor and Resident Minister Aeneas Chigwedere, Defence Ministry Secretary Mr Martin Rushwaya, ZDF Commander General Constantine Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Army commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda and Air Force Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe National Army commander Lieutenant-General Phillip Valerio Sibanda said the July 31 2013 harmonised election result was in defence of the country’s resources which was the basis upon which the liberation struggle was waged.

Lt-Gen Sibanda said the result, in which President Mugabe of Zanu-PF secured a crushing victory against MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai by registering a landslide win, was consistent with the ethos of the liberation struggle. He said this in an interview with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation in a documentary to be aired during the ZDF commemoration day.

“The verdict of the people is good. It is a verdict that we stood for all along, that we should be masters of our destiny,” said Lt-Gen Sibanda.

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