As part of its community development projects, the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) is in the process of constructing a secondary school in Mbalabala that is meant to alleviate the long distances travelled by learners in the area.

Primary school pupils from the area were being forced to travel at least 10km to the nearest secondary school, something that led the local community to approach the former chairperson of the ZNA schools board, the late Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu to assist.

Construction of the Mbalabala Secondary School was then started through the assistance of different partners.

Speaking during a tour of the facility, ZNA Commander, Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda, indicated that the army is part of the matrix of developing a better citizenry for the future.

Mbalabala School of Infantry Commandant, Colonel Posa Dliwayo Masaka revealed that US$78 000 had to date been used in the setting up of the three classroom blocks that have been built.

A local company, Bakers Inn has also chipped in with a donation to take over the construction of 2 classroom blocks worth US$30 000 according to the company’s sales and marketing executive, Mr Caleb Musodza.

A representative of the community, Mrs Dubekile Zololo paid tribute to the assistance rendered to them by the different players in providing better education to their children.

The school which lies on a 25 hectare piece of land is anticipated to be fitted with state of the art facilities.

The pupils will also be exposed to various activities to ensure they compete fully with others from other parts of the country.