President promotes 25 Air Force officers

Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri (right) bestows Air Commodore rank on Antony Viano at Air Force Headquarters in Harare yesterday. — Picture by John Manzongo

Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri (right) bestows Air Commodore rank on Antony Viano at Air Force Headquarters in Harare yesterday. — Picture by John Manzongo

Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has promoted 25 Air Force of Zimbabwe officers to the ranks of Air Commodore, Group Captain and Wing Commander.

The officers were promoted in line with section 15 (3) B of the Defence Act, Chapter 11.02 with effect from November 10.

Conferring the ranks to air commodores and group captains, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri said the officers deserved the recognition because they successfully exemplified themselves.

“His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa found it fit to promote the officers after recommendations had been made from the defence headquarters and the Ministry of Defence,” he said.

“Promotions come with greater responsibilities and the span of control is actually increased.

“You are expected to provide leadership. You ought to be very strict, fair and frank when dealing with your subordinates as well as your seniors.”

To those who were promoted Air Commodores, Air Marshal Shiri said as air officers in the command element, their conduct should be exemplary.

“As Air Commodores you are now part of the air ranks, welcome to the Air force command element.

“I hope with the increased number of the senior officers, we should find it much easier to run the organisation because there will be more people contributing ideas on how to run the organisation,” he said.

Air Marshal Shiri added that promotions in the force were based on merit and loyalty among other credentials.

“Promotions are based on merit, we also look at loyalty, period of service in the organisation, contribution to the development of the organisation and the individual’s integrity. These ranks are not the end in terms of promotions in the Air Force, the sky remains the limit so you should continue aspiring to attain higher ranks than you have attained today,” he said.

All the 15 officers who were conferred the ranks by Air Marshal Shiri were male and the Air Force Commander said the force was working towards achieving gender parity. Conferring the ranks on 10 Wing Commanders, Air Vice Marshal Jacob Nzvede urged the officers to continue working hard and leading by example.

Of the 10 promoted Wing Commanders, one was a female, Wing Commander Betty Madhema, who encouraged other female members in the force to continue working hard saying it would not go unnoticed.

Wing Commander Madhema becomes the first woman officer to be assigned regimental duties which is male dominated.

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  • Ngwena Pfeee

    The Coup Rewards????

  • Tendai

    What do these people do in those ranks? Maybe Herald could find out and educate us?

    • tapuwa

      nothing much,maAllowances ndiwo anongowedzera hawo..

      • Cde Mthunzi weNgongoni kaJama

        Nothing but wait for another way-ward 1st lady & remove the husband!!

  • Margaret Macneill

    And all this at a time when the President is supposed to be cutting back on the budget in order to attract foreign investment! He is cutting Ministers so why give promotions which means salary increases?

    • sky

      Boss if they are not promoted and salary not increased they will leave for south Africa and will start flying South African Airways. Air force skills are difficult to have and must be preserved. Mugabe’s first Air marshal was Pakistani Azim Daudpota who served for three years because we did not have the skills and white could not be trusted. It takes years to be combat ready in fighter jet under the guidance of an experienced pilot.

  • Mukomamoto

    Congratulations, Zimbabwe moves! You deserve it….let bygones be bygones!

  • Mugavimbi_Naledi

    kkkkkkkkkkkkk………….president
    lets have elections first, otherwise you’re just acting muntu wabantu

  • Mai Dan Gora

    makoroto Mukuruwambwa munotidadisa, paGweru apo. keep shining