ZDF hailed for pro­fes­sion­al­ism

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Sun­day Mail Re­porter

THE of­fi­cers, men and women of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces are dis­ci­plined and pro­fes­sional, hence their con­tin­ued roles in in­ter­na­tional peace­keep­ing.

At yes­ter­day’s Pres­i­den­tial Thank You Rally at Murombedzi growth point, Zanu-PF Na­tional Chair, Cde Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri, who is the De­fence and War Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Min­is­ter, said the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the ZDF in last year’s Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy was ex­em­plary.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa gave the keynote ad­dress.

Prior to his speech, Cde Muchun­guri-Kashiri said through Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy, the mil­i­tary had up­held its con­sti­tu­tional duty of pro­tect­ing Zim­babwe and its cit­i­zens.

Cde Much­in­hguri-Kashiri also ap­plauded Vice-Pres­i­dent Dr Con­stantino Chi­wenga for his role dur­ing and af­ter the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle.

“Dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, he led sons and daugh­ters from this area (Mashona­land West) and around Zim­babwe, guid­ing them,” she said.

“Af­ter In­de­pen­dence, he climbed up the lad­der un­til he at­tained the rank Com­man­der De­fence Forces, a post he held un­til No­vem­ber last year.

“In No­vem­ber last year, af­ter the coun­try had been cap­tured, he re­solved to re­tain the sovereignty of the coun­try in peace­ful man­ner, where there was no blood­shed; the most peace­ful takeover by pro­fes­sional and dis­ci­plined sol­diers.

“Soon af­ter Op­er­a­tion Re­store Legacy, coun­tries such as South Africa em­u­lated our peace­ful tran­si­tional process.”

Cde Muchin­guri-Kashiri hailed the peo­ple of Mashona­land West for vot­ing re­sound­ingly for Zanu-PF in the July 30, 2018 har­monised elec­tions.

Mashona­land West de­liv­ered 18 out of 22 seats in the Na­tional As­sem­bly and gave Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa 312 958 votes against MDC-Al­liance’s Mr Nel­son Chamisa’s 217 732.

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