Story by Wellington Makonese
One Zimbabwe Commando Regiment has celebrated the 41st anniversary of its establishment at the Charles Gumbo Barracks, taking time to honour the special forces who have contributed to its elite status.
Guest of Honour at the commemorations, Brigadier General Steven Gwekerere spoke on the significance of the Regiment and its symbolic monuments.
“This was formed through the incorporation of ZANLA, ZIPRA and Rhodesia army elements. It has played its part in enabling trade to continue to subdue dissidents locally and in Mozambique, the DRC. We also remember the participants by laying wreaths,” he said.
The Regiment has played a critical role in harnessing community development
Lieutenant Colonel Fanuel Murengwa, Commanding Officer 1 Zimbabwe Commando Regiment said, “This is an important pillar of the country. The skills part of the Regiment has played a part in rescue efforts including Cyclone Idai. We continue to be on standby for the season. We also have officers in various capacities to help in development processes, that’s why the day is important.”
The commemorations which were also attended by civilians were marked by various drills and displays as well as target shootings among other activities.