defence minister cde e. mnangagwa.jpgThe Minister of Defence, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has commended the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the Zimbabwe Prisons Services for constructing two classroom blocks at Helen McGhee Primary School in Masvingo.

Cde Mnangagwa was officiating at a function to mark the launch of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Community Week in Masvingo.


“Let me commend the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the Zimbabwe Prison Services, for responding positively to the SDA’s request.


Such collaboration amongst the uniformed forces goes a long way in demonstrating that community assistance is not a monopoly of foreign-funded organisations.


“The people of Zimbabwe, as evidenced by this project, are capable of marshalling the resources at their disposal for the benefit of their communities,” he said.


Cde Mnangagwa said the choice of Helen McGhee Primary School made this year’s launch of the assistance week special, as the school is a symbol of colonial injustice.


helen mcghee logo.jpgThe school was established in 1958 as a preserve for the coloured community, with an enrolment of 150 students.


The attainment of independence by the black majority in 1980 saw black students gaining access to the school resulting in the increased enrolment.


Currently, the school has over 600 students. 


The Zimbabwe Defence forces Community Assistance week is an annual occasion where defence forces undertake projects within their communities and the initiative is usually held a week prior to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day Celebrations.