Eleven year old Michael Mushana, shocked participants on the Commander Zimbabwe National Army Executive Interaction Initiative (EII) (Midlands Chapter) Fun Shoot held at 5 Infantry Brigade Gallery Range on March 24, 2018. Michael’s team scooped the first prize after the boy shot down three falling plates.
The boy started shooting in 2016 when he was seven years at the Zimbabwe Military Academy Gallery Range in Gweru. His love for the gun continued when his father who is also a soldier at 53 Infantry Battalion gave him support. Michael’s wish was to become a soldier on growing up, just like his father who is a social worker in the Zimbabwe National Army at 53 Infantry Battalion. Staff Sergeant Forget Mushana said his son was fond of war video games whenever he was at home.
“Michael has brains and brawns far ahead of his age as he always collects prizes in the class and at sports. He plays soccer and runs in the tracks during school competitions. Generally, he is a reserved child and rarely plays with boys of his age. Most of the time when he is at home, he plays war video games on the laptop. I am not surprised to hear that he scored first in the shooting as he likes films and games that are related to military. He is a disciplined child who is always punctual in whatever he does,” Staff Sergeant Mushana said.
Another contender in the senior category was Carryon Bure, an ex-soldier who scooped the overall winner in the individual shoot, while Getbucks lifted the overall team winners’ prize. The contenders wrestled in PKM gun and AK 47 Assault Rifle from 100 and 200 metres and falling plates from 200 metres categories, respectively.
The event was meant to raise funds for the five ZNA Charities; Tsanga Lodge, ZNA Benevolent Fund, ZNA Schools Welfare Trust, ZNA Widows and Orphans Fund and the ZNA Patients Fund. The Commander 5 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Simo Maseko, said that the Executive Interaction Initiative was the brain-child of the then Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, now Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Philip Valerio Sibanda who wanted the business community to mix with soldiers in a relaxed atmosphere.
“This is one the forums, the CDF wanted the business partners to appreciate the cordial relationships in a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All formations in each province were tasked to host business partners in their areas of responsibility and this is why we are gathered here today. We had the opportunity to mix with you without any nasty incident. Let me take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Mr Hapanyengwi as the substantive chairman of the Executive Interaction Initiative (Midlands Chapter),” said Brigadier General Maseko
The EII was sponsored by Gokwe Spar, Hunters of Gokwe, Chikago-Gokwe, Metro Peach, OK Mart, Getbucks, Nyaradzo Life Assurance Company, Doves Funeral Services, Moonlight Funeral Services and FMC Finance.