By Fungai Jachi
Government has reassured the Zimbabwe Defence Forces of its commitment to avail resources to support its training programmes, with the aim of enhancing competency and professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
This was said by the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri, who presided over the graduation ceremony of 57 military students who completed the Junior Staff Course 77.
“The Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs attaches great value to the training of the defence forces. This graduation ceremony is a clear demonstration of the ZDF’s resolve and commitment to fulfilling its constitutional mandate of defending Zimbabwe’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and interest.
“The ZDF continues to avail itself very well in all the peace support operations that it has undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations and African Union thereby becoming an envy of many in the region and beyond. The Government of Zimbabwe is committed to availing the resources to support training programmes in the ZDF despite limited fiscal space,” she said.
Zimbabwe Staff College Commandant Brigadier General Dr Joe Muzvidziwa commended the graduates for their resilience.
“We commend you for the resilience that you exhibited throughout the 21-week training course. These trainings are important in that it helps you analyse issues of national security. The grade 3 staff course which you undertook is the backbone of the army,” he said.
Of the 57 graduates, 15 were female and nine were foreign military students from Eswathini, Zambia, Namibia and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the best students during the course were presented with awards.
Minister Muchinguri Kashiri offered a monetary award to those who performed exceptionally well.