The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has come to the rescue of the community of Mapholisa in Insiza district which was facing difficulties in crossing Nyezani river during the rainy season through constructing a bridge. 

The ZNA in conjunction with the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) and Insiza Rural District Council began construction of the Nyezani bridge in 2013 following the realisation that the community of ward 14 was facing difficulties in crossing the river during the rainy season.

Insiza RDC Chief Executive Officer Mr Fedris Manombe said it is comforting that school children and the community at large will now be able to access social services on either side of the bridge throughout the year.

“This project is significant to the community of ward 14 because it links them to Mapholisa Primary School. During the rainy season it was difficult for pupils to cross to school. It was also challenging for people to access PBS Clinic and Filabusi Hospital,” he said.

ZNA 1 Infantry Brigade commander, Brigadier General Augustine Chipwere implored communities in Matabeleland South to take advantage of their artisans to improve social infrastructure in their areas while the financiers of the project urged beneficiaries to jealously guard the infrastructure against vandalism.

“The ZNA only provides expertise and manpower while resource provision is the responsibility of the respective communities. We therefore appeal to the communities that might require assistance to first mobilise the resource so that when we start project it’s not delayed,” said Brigadier General Chipwere.

“We commend the sterling efforts of our partners in lending a helping hand to the community as the bank we remain committed to making a difference in our community,” said CBZ senior manager Mr Joseph Mulandi.

The community that had every reason to smile after newly elected legislator Cde Farai Taruvinga further pledged to provide equipment for the grading of roads in ward 14.

“As new MP for this area, I am itching to spearhead development in Insiza north but I appeal to the community to have the same zeal that I have so that we bring about change in our areas,” said Cde Taruvinga.

Nyozani bridge was constructed by artisans from 1 Infantry Brigade as part of ZNA’s corporate social responsibility programme, with plans in place by the organisation to also help ward 14 in constructing a clinic.