The Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has promoted 20 lieutenant colonels to the rank of substantive colonel and 26 majors to substantive lieutenant colonels with effect from 09 November 2022 and 23 November 2022 respectively.
The promotions were made in terms of Section 15 (1) (b) of the Defence Act (Chapter 11:02).
The newly promoted colonels and lieutenant colonels were conferred with their at separate investiture ceremonies held at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks on Wednesday 30 November 2022.
The Chief of Staff Administration Staff Major General Matatu officiated at the conferment ceremony for the colonels, while Brigadier General General Staff, Brigadier General Steven Gwekwerere presided over the conferment of new ranks to the lieutenant colonels.
Speaking at the event, Major General Matatu commended the senior officers for having passed the test and getting selected and recommended by the Commander Zimbabwe National Army for promotion.
“All of you have worked hard and shown the attributes required for the assumption of increased responsibilities. Your discipline and conduct have been good.”
He urged the colonels to work judiciously in promoting the integrity and interests of the organisation and the country at large.
“The Commander ZNA has a zero tolerance to corruption, theft, fraud, and such other vices.”
Addressing the newly promoted colonels after conferring them with their ranks, Brigadier General Gwekwerere said promotion in the ZNA was based on a wide range of considerations.
He listed some of the considerations as, “Attendance of relevant courses, required period in rank, distinguished service, consistent dutifulness, hard work, selflessness, patriotism and loyalty among others.”
The promoted Colonels are Charles Mutizhe, July Badza, Jabulisa Edward Sibanda, Michael Fatini, Daniel Musa Gandiwa, Regis Mangezi, Fungai Mapaya, Aaron Moyo, Caroline Hunidzarira, Andrew Kabaira, Hwami Vengesai, Arnold Sandalamu, Annanias Hovhiyo Mutati, Muchengeti Chabata, Kenosi Safenyang Mhlanga, Vengai Musanga, Siwinile Tauya, Ntokoziso Moyo, Isheunesu Shephard Maromo and Diana Chakapfava.
The promoted majors are Sifundiso Ndhlovu, Tasunungurwa Muchinapaya, Archimedes Sibiya, Wise Gatsi, Tariro Masiiwa, Mathias Gadu, Timothy Nyahwema, Beverly Mandaza, Lawrance Sobha, Silas Nyawiri, Sydney Chifamba, Philip Tafumanei Vumba, Tapiwa Makaya, Furirwai Chikungwa, Wilbert Fana Mutomba, Donald Madhongo, Stephen Mushunje, Wellington Mutsambi, Timothy Tazvitya, Tinovimbanashe Simon Chabvepi, Ranganai Muzeza, Gilbert Ncube, Brian Magagula, Innocent Dube, Nobuhle Siwela and Smile Nkomo.