The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has pledged to continuously work with traditional leaders across the country in promoting peace, sustainable development and preservation of the nation’s rich cultural heritage.

The ZNA says it salutes the important role that traditional leaders continue to play in upholding of cultural values and preservation of the country’s heritage.

In his keynote address during the Traditional Leaders Day held at 1.2 Infantry Battalion in Hwange; Commander One Infantry Battalion Brigadier General Augustine Chipwere said the army will continue to nurture the mutual relations with the chiefs in upholding cultural values and promoting development.

Deputy president of the Chief’s Council Chief Mtshana Khumalo applauded the ZNA for the vibrant community assistance programmes.

Chief Wange and Chief Nekatambe said through the support of the army the traditional leaders have over the years been able to effectively discharge their constitutional mandate.

The army has managed to carry out several community outreach programmes in Matabeleland North province including the construction of classroom blocks at Esipikeni Secondary School in Bubi, Sengwe Secondary School and Tshunga Primary School in Binga district.

The ZNA has also pledged to complete some of the outstanding projects in the province, including the construction of Inala Clinic in Tsholotsho.