The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) says 49% of the area targeted for demining in Chiredzi has been completed.

This was revealed during the ZNA annual demining gala and awareness week held at Malipati in Chiredzi.

The demining activities in the areas between Sango border post and Chiredzi continue to be affected by several challenges which include funding and rough terrain.

Speaking on the sidelines of this year’s demining week in Malipati, Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre Director, Colonel Mkhululi Ncube said the condition of the terrain makes working difficult.

The areas targeted for demining are characterised by thick forests which need to be cleared before any work can be done.

“The terrain is very difficult to work on and slows down the demining rate. There is very tall grass and thick vegetation, and we cannot work under such conditions,” he said.

The demining week also saw the ZNA hosting a gala for villagers in Malipati, with Andy Muridzo among the musicians who entertained the crowds.

The event provided a platform for the locals to be educated on the dangers of landmines.

Landmines in Chiredzi were installed during the liberation struggle and were meant to restrict the movement of freedom fighters.

Since independence, the government has been battling to remove landmines across the country’s eastern border areas, which pose a danger to humans and wildlife.