Soldiers left barracks in their numbers to embark on various community assistance programmes in Chipinge and Birchenough Bridge following the launch of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Community Assistance Week ahead of the National Defence Forces Day.

During peace time soldiers have a role to assist communities and 3.3 Reserve Battalion in Chipinge has taken up that responsibility by embarking on a two-day clean-up campaign in Chipinge town.

Speaking during the clean-up campaign, Officer Commanding 3.3 Reserve Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Whartmore Ziweni says the clean-up campaign is part of military assistance programmes by the ZDF to assist communities while representatives from the Environmental Management Agency and district administrator’s office lauded the positive gesture saying other players must come on board to assist the Chipinge community.

Also as part of community assistance week programme, Deputy Commander 3 Infantry Brigade Colonel Joe Muzvidziwa toured classroom block construction project by his brigade at Birchenough Bridge Primary School.

He said it is the duty of the defence forces to assist the state to provide for its citizens while the Birchenough Bridge community expressed its appreciation for the kind gesture by the defence forces saying shortage of classrooms is a major challenge at the local primary school.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces Community Assistance Week is now an annual event that is a forerunner to the National Defence Forces Day and the week is characterised by a number of community assistance programmes.