90 ZNA sol­diers grad­u­ate

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THE Zim­babwe Na­tional Army (ZNA) has em­barked on a ro­bust re­train­ing of its mem­bers to ac­quaint them with mod­ern eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal trends ush­ered in by the new Govern­ment.

This was said by Colonel Edgar Dube from HQ 1 In­fantry Bri­gade in Bu­l­awayo when he of­fi­ci­ated at the grad­u­a­tion of 90 sol­diers who com­pleted a five-month in­ter­nal train­ing on con­tem­po­rary mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy and con­cepts at 1.2 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion in Hwange last week.

He said ZNA was now ac­tively in­volved in eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment as he as­sured that chal­lenges be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in the coun­try were tem­po­rary as the econ­omy would be back on track.

“This train­ing equips mem­bers to dili­gently ex­e­cute their du­ties. You vis­ited Hwange Na­tional Park and Vic­to­ria Falls In­ter­na­tional Air­port and th­ese vis­its gave you in­sights into the so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal de­vel­op­ment en­su­ing in the coun­try ush­ered by the new dis­pen­sa­tion.

“You grad­u­ates are now bet­ter po­si­tioned to ap­pre­ci­ate the eco­nomic re­forms and pro­grammes be­ing im­ple­mented by the Govern­ment and the pro­gramme in ques­tion is the Tran­si­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme (TSP). As an or­gan­i­sa­tion we are help­ing in the econ­omy like in Com­mand Agri­cul­ture hence we are de­vel­op­ing a ro­bust sol­dier ca­pa­ble of con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy,” he said.

Col Dube said the course started at a time when op­po­si­tion par­ties un­suc­cess­fully at­tempted to desta­bilise the coun­try soon af­ter the har­monised elec­tions.

He said the Gen­eral Squad Drill and Small Arms Course 1.2 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion Course Inf10 (1) 111/18 course equips mem­bers with the req­ui­site at­ti­tude, knowl­edge and skills to re­main ex­em­plary and dis­ci­plined through­out their mil­i­tary ca­reer.

“As ZNA we have a legacy of be­ing dis­ci­plined. You will re­call that the course com­menced just af­ter the har­monised elec­tions when some rogue el­e­ments from op­po­si­tion par­ties led by MDC Al­liance at­tempted to cause an­ar­chy in the coun­try. Those dis­tur­bances didn’t in any way af­fect the ac­tiv­i­ties of the course as all the 90 stu­dents are grad­u­at­ing to­day as this is a ca­reer course,” he said.

Col Dube said ZNA re­quires mem­bers who are loyal, dis­ci­plined, hon­est, pa­tri­otic and ded­i­cated to duty.

The course cov­ered civil mil­i­tary re­la­tions, field craft, pla­toon weapons, range work, peer ed­u­ca­tion, first aid, foot and arms drill and AK-47.

Stu­dents, 14 of them fe­males from the Zim­babwe Women Ser­vices, were drawn from all ZNA for­ma­tions and units from pri­vate to cor­po­ral ranks. Col Dube urged fe­male mem­bers to em­brace gen­der ini­tia­tives and at­tend var­i­ous cour­ses that are of­fered in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Present were 1.2 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion Com­man­der Lieu­tenant-Colonel God­frey Mut­sadyanga, se­nior of­fi­cers from ZRP and ZPCS, Na­tional Pros­e­cu­tion Author­ity, Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion of­fi­cers, Hwange District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Si­mon Mu­leya and Hwange res­i­dents.


Colonel Edgar Dube from HQ 1 In­fantry Bri­gade in­spects a pa­rade mounted by ZNA grad­u­ates at 1.2 In­fantry Bat­tal­ion in Hwange

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