De­fence min­is­ter ex­plains army re­cruit­ment

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara

THE Min­is­ter of De­fence Cde Syd­ney Sek­era­mayi has said his Min­istry is work­ing on align­ing the De­fence Act with the con­sti­tu­tion and clar­i­fied that the on­go­ing re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise in the armed forces is only meant to main­tain the cur­rent es­tab­lish­ment.

Cde Sek­era­mayi said the re­cruit­ments were not adding any­thing to the es­tab­lish­ment as num­bers were not con­stant due to deaths, re­tire­ment and ill health.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Sen­a­tor James Makore (MDC) who had asked why the Gov­ern­ment was re­cruit­ing while strug­gling to pay civil ser­vants on time, the Min­is­ter said:

“Ev­ery coun­try has sol­diers; they are just as good as the gen­er­al­ity of the peo­ple in that they are young, mid­dle aged and those who are old. The old ones will re­tire, there will be re­cruit­ment to re­place those who would have re­tired.

There are those who fall ill to the ex­tent that they will no longer be able to per­form their duty as sol­diers.

“It is good prac­tice to re­cruit so that we main­tain the strength of our army. There are also those who pass on. There­fore, we have such fac­tors to con­tend with. At the mo­ment, since we are in a time of peace, there is no con­flict, we are main­tain­ing the same lev­els. We are not adding any­thing to our cur­rent es­tab­lish­ment.”

Cde Sek­era­mayi said re­cruit­ment ad­ver­tise­ments are flighted in the press prov­ince by prov­ince to en­sure that the army is made up of every­one from each geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of the coun­try.

“In re­mote ar­eas as you say, we try and en­deav­our that we broad­cast on ra­dio sta­tions as well so as to in­form them that there will be re­cruit­ment tak­ing place. No place in our coun­try should be dis­ad­van­taged by not hav­ing sol­diers re­cruited in our army,” he said.

“The re­cruit­ment which is hap­pen­ing in each prov­ince is be­ing done to en­sure that we main­tain the es­tab­lish­ment that we cur­rently have in line with our econ­omy and the size of our coun­try; we are main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo.”

Sen­a­tor Mor­gan Komichi asked Cde Sek­era­mayi if they were go­ing to align the De­fence Act with the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“As a law abid­ing force, yes, we are align­ing the De­fence Act with the Con­sti­tu­tion. That is how it should be,” re­sponded Cde Sek­era­mayi.— @Aux­il­iaK.

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