Pres­i­dent com­mis­sions 136 of­fi­cer cadets

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yesterday com­mis­sioned 136 Of­fi­cer Cadets at the 33rd Reg­u­lar Of­fi­cer Cadet Course grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at the Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy (ZMA) in Gweru.

Of these, 29 were fe­male and five were Namib­ians.

Ad­dress­ing grad­uands and Zim­babwe De­fence Forces se­nior of­fi­cers and gen­er­als, the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said ZMA would soon be­come an af­fil­i­ate of the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity fol­low­ing the gazetting of the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity Char­ter by Gov­ern­ment in March this year.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy and Mid­lands State Univer­sity en­abled the grad­uands to study for a Diploma in Mil­i­tary Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion. As we re­main in­debted to Mid­lands State Univer­sity, I would like to con­grat­u­late the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces that has had the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity Char­ter gazetted by Gov­ern­ment in March this year, a devel­op­ment that will see Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy soon be­come an af­fil­i­ate of the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity. I am re­li­ably in­formed that ZMA’s fu­ture cour­ses will be grad­u­at­ing with de­grees of­fered by the Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also pre­sented Unit and For­ma­tion Colours to five army es­tab­lish­ments which started in Au­gust last year dur­ing com­mem­o­ra­tions of the De­fence Forces Day.

Unit colours or flags in the army de­note a sym­bol of a unit or a head­quar­ter, which is a uni­fy­ing sym­bol and the tra­di­tion dates back to the old­est armies.

“Today’s pa­rade is a unique one. Be­sides the com­mis­sion­ing of Reg­u­lar Of­fi­cer Cadet Course 3/33/15, I am greatly hon­oured, once again, to present Unit Colours to 5 Army es­tab­lish­ments. These are Zim­babwe Mil­i­tary Academy, Zim­babwe School of in­fantry, All Arms Bat­tle School, Re­cruit Train­ing De­pot and One Air De­fence Reg­i­ment.

“This marks the con­clu­sion of the colours pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­monies, fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of Unit and For­ma­tion Colours on De­fence Forces Day in Au­gust, 2016. I urge all units and for­ma­tions to jeal­ously safe­guard their colours and to al­ways en­sure that all new mem­bers posted to the units are fa­mil­iar with the mean­ing and his­tory of the Unit Colours,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said Zim­babwe and Namibia en­joyed cor­dial re­la­tions that have seen Namib­ian cadets en­rolled at ZMA for the past seven in­takes.

He said the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween de­fence forces also en­hanced se­cu­rity in the Sadc re­gion.

“In light of our cor­dial re­la­tion­ship with the Repub­lic of Namibia, the ZMA has for the past seven in­takes en­rolled a num­ber of Namibia’s cadets to train si­mul­ta­ne­ously with our own cadets. This co­op­er­a­tion be­tween de­fence forces en­hances se­cu­rity in our two coun­tries and the Sadc re­gion,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe also com­mended the re­silience of the 29 fe­male of­fi­cer cadets who grad­u­ated among the reg­u­lar of­fi­cer cadets yesterday.

He said their par­tic­i­pa­tion bol­stered Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts for gen­der equal­ity in all spheres of op­er­a­tion.

“Al­low me to com­mend the re­silience of 29 women of­fi­cer cadets

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