President Emmerson Mnangagwa has distributed the second batch of motor vehicles from all provinces of the country as a follow up to the earlier distribution undertaken in January this year.

The vehicles were given to those who were not given in the first exercise.

The 84 Isuzu double cab trucks are part of government’s arrangements to uplift and restore the dignity and status of traditional leaders.

Speaking at the occasion, President Mnangagwa said the chiefs are an embodiment and custodians of Zimbabwe’s cultural values and ethos.

The chiefs under the law are mandated to facilitate development within their communities and promote as well as preserve Zimbabwe’s tangible and intangible heritage.

President Mnangagwa challenged the chiefs to take the lead in identifying localised solutions to some of the challenges found in their communities instead of waiting for central government.

The President updated the chiefs about government’s strides in foreign direct investment mobilisation and the reforms that are being implemented for ease of doing business.

He urged traditional leaders to ensure local authorities move in sync with the new dispensation’s mantra that ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’ so that vision 2030 is achieved.

The President also gave the chiefs an update on what government is doing to upgrade infrastructure especially the road network.

He also spoke of the role of chiefs in ensuring the next elections will be violence free.

Following the distribution of the current batch there is still some chiefs in the various provinces who do not have vehicles and the President said he will make good is promise.