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Kenya’s Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Lieutenant-General Samson Mwathethe, has implored the corporate sector to continuously support philanthropic initiatives. Speaking at the Musha Mukadzi Zimbabwe Armed Forces Foundation (MMZAFF) fund-raising dinner at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club, Harare on Saturday, Lt-Gen Mwathethe called for synergies between the security and private sectors to assist the needy.

“It is in our mind to have the need to engender a sense of responsibility towards the needy,” he said.

Lt-Gen Mwathethe was representing KDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Julius Karange.

“It is befitting for people to gather, aance, identify and exercise that value which is befitting for the noble initiative. It is important for people to come together for the love of humanity,” said Lt-Gen Mwathethe.

“We need to eradicate the scourge of non-communicable diseases . . . and we shall overcome the challenge bedevilling our society,” he added.

Zimbabwe Defence Force Commander Gen Constantine Chiwenga hosted the dinner and a golf tournament to raise US$2,5 million for MMZAFF’s support for children with cancer.

Gen Chiwenga said hosting the second edition of the amateur golf tournament was a significant part of the armed forces’ fund-raising activities.

“The results of philanthropic initiatives are also a result of the support we receive from the business community.

“This allows us to strengthen relations between the defence forces and the private sector. The foundation owes its success to the wise counsel of its patron and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe.

“Nothing brings more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society especially children. It is with this form of support that our efforts realise its goals,” he said.

MMZAFF chair Mrs Mary Chiwenga added: “Women will also receive assistance and we are thankful to the corporate world after we lost Wishes Chimuzinga who succumbed to (cancer).

“We anticipate to raise US$2,5 million this year so that we can purchase therapy machines and open a cancer facility for families of members of the military and the nation as a whole.”

More than 450 people attended the dinner and were entertained by Alick Macheso, Sulumani Chimbetu and Jah Prayzah.

Also present were Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe, Malawi Defence Force Commander (Operations and Training) Lt-Gen John Msonthi, and Zambia Deputy Army Commander and Chief of Staff Major- Gen Topply Lubaya.

Source : The Herald