chinese ambassador.jpgChina’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr. Xin Shunkang says his country will continue standing by Zimbabwe by rolling out a number of programmes in the health, education and agriculture sectors.


The Zimbabwe National Army says it is relying on well wishers to augment the operations of its five charities.


The Chinese Ambassador was speaking at a hand over ceremony of food stuffs and cash to the Zimbabwe National Army’s five charities.


Mr. Shunkang said over a thousand local experts have benefited from the China-Zimbabwe co-operation adding that his country has built two schools in Harare and Bindura.


“I personally enjoy the friendship and our cooperation will go from strength to strength. We have various programmes that are meant to assist the Zimbabwean government in health, education and agriculture and so far we have built two schools in Zimbabwe.,”said Mr. Shunkang.


ZNA Commander Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda encouraged the corporate world to continue supporting the army saying government funding is not adequate for all its operations.


“Last year I appealed to the corporate world for assistance and Afro- food has come again with another donation. Funding from the government is not adequate,” Mr. Sibanda said.


Some of  the goods were from a local retailer Afro-Foods owned by a Chinese businessman Mr. He Xuang ( pronounced Hi Shon).


Beneficiaries of the donations applauded the move by the ZNA to support them during difficult times.


“The ZNA has helped us a lot as it was difficult for us to get fees and even food,”said one of the beneficiaries.


Fifty orphans benefited from school fees vouchers amounting to US$5000 while food hampers were also donated to army widows across the country and Tsanga Lodge in Manicaland.