Govt lauds private sector initiatives

Levi Mukarati in Marange
Government will continue supporting private sector initiatives that contribute to national development objectives, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.

Addressing over 35 000 people at a ground-breaking ceremony for the 15 000-seat St Noah College Stadium and Sports Centre in Marange today, President Mnangagwa said such infrastructure development activities were undertaken by visionaries.

The sports centre is the brainchild of St Noah Taguta of the Johane Marange Apostolic Church.

President Mnangagwa said, “As Government, we have the responsibility to create these infrastructure facilities, but we are also happy we have churches that are taking this responsibility.

“Ndavinga kuzovarura kuvaka stadium. Ndangariro dzakadero hadzingovuyi kumunhu asina chiedza.

“Ndinorumbidza kereke ino nezvamunoita, ndambe ndichitaura nevakuru venyu vakati hatigumiri ipapa.

“Ikozvino varikuvaka zvikoro kumativi akati kuti, ndofunga zvakukwana zvitanhatu, zvikoro zvekereke zvirikuvakwa.

“Varikuda kuvaka chimwe ku Harare, ndavaudza kuti munongovuya muchitaura ndotio wekuministry inoona nezveland ipa kereke iyi yekwa Marange pokuvaka chikoro chayo.

“Nekuti zvamunoita kusimudzira nyika yeZimbabwe, kusimudzira nyika yeZimbabwe.

“Honai pano patakagara, dai ichizenge (stadium) yavakwa, ndekupi kwamakamboinda muno munyika, kana dzimwe nyika kuwana stadium, state-of-the-art, ichavakwa pano inowanikwa kumaruwa, hapana.”

He hailed the Johane Marange Apostolic Church for its role in increasing literacy by building educational facilities.

The church, he said, had constructed a rural school whose standards easily surpassed those of some urban institutions.

“Ndisati ndapinda mune zvamandikokera kuuya kuno, ndinoda kumbopa imwe nhorovondo nokuti handisi muenzi pano,”he said.

“Pamakore matanhatu kana manomwe adarika takauya pano chikoro chichitanga kuvakwa.

“Ikava iyo nguva yakaratidza kuti kereke yekwa Marange irikuisa chiedza mukati mekereke kuti vana vose vanoberekwa mukereke nevasingaberekwa mukereke vawane fundo inowanikwa nevana ruzhinji mukati menyika.

“Pakutanga ipapo ndaingoti, ahh, zvimwe kuvaka kuti kunzi kwavakwa chikoro.

“Ndazovuya nhasi ndikawana, heki, mavakirwo echikoro ndepamusoro-soro. Kana kumadhorobha kwatiri kune zvikoro zvishoma zvakanaka sechandavona pano.”

Joining the tens of thousands at the ground-breaking ceremony were Zanu-PF National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri, and ruling party Manicaland provincial chairperson Cde Mike Madiro, among other senior officials.

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