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Gvt honors Muzenda family

-as it renames Roger Howman to Maud Muzenda

MILLICENT HUNGWE

MASVINGO- Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Monica Mutsvangwa has officially renamed Roger Howman Training Centre to Maud Muzenda as an honor to the family for their role in the liberation of the country.

Mutsvangwa also officially opened a new dormitory for the students at the Maud Muzenda Training Centre.

There centre which was slowly turning into a ghost house was given a new face lift and witnessed  the construction of a state of the art dormitory.

“The Centre does on-campus training and outreach training programmes, that are in line with the government’s aims to eradicate the dependency syndrome and foster self-reliance through value addition to local raw materials,” said the provincial centre head. Aleck Magaya.

Magaya said the center mainly offers training in clothing technology, food processing, poultry production and management, detergent-making, apiculture (bee farming), internal lending and savings (ISALs) and business management (entrepreneurship development).

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A total of 7 932 participants have been trained at the centre from 2018 to 2024 with 7 385 being females and 547 males.

Officials said 75% of its enrollment are students drawn from rural areas.

Minister Mutsvangwa asserted that the renaming of the training centre was granted by President Mnangagwa on the 19th of May 2023 as a way of paying tribute to the late National Heroine, Maud Muzenda, a woman of vision, mother and freedom fighter.

She said the center will fulfill the aspiration of women who want to venture into income generating projects.

 “Maud Muzenda Training Centre will play a critical role in fulfilling the training aspirations of women and community members by providing them with the necessary skill platform from which their livelihood projects and micro-enterprises can take off.

“This will increase the productivity levels of community members and help them to contribute to nation development and take away their energy and time from vices such as crime, drug and substance abuse and Gender Based Violence,” Minister Mutsvangwa said

She advised women to make use of their skills, taking care of the family, not to look down upon themselves, to protect their children from human trafficking, drug abuse and child marriages.

Maud Muzenda was the wife of former Zimbabwe Vice President the late Simon Muzenda.

She died in 2017 at the age of 88 and was buried at the National Heroes Acre.

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