President Mugabe has promoted 37 Zimbabwe National Army field officers to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
They were all promoted in line with Section 15 (1) B of the Defence Act, Chapter 11:02 with effect from February 26 this year.
Speaking on behalf of ZNA Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda, Brigadier-General (Administration Staff) Shylet Moyo said promotions came as a result of hard work exhibited during the discharge of duties.
“On behalf of Commander ZNA, let me assertively express that your promotion came as a result of the hard work and tireless efforts you have exhibited during your discharge of duties in various capacities. It is prudent therefore to remind you that being promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel is a gesture of goodwill, trust and confidence.
“As military officers, we are there to serve the State as custodians of our Constitution, which has been agreed by the people.”
Brig-Gen Moyo said the newly promoted members were expected to work extra hard to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in discharging their duties, adding that the higher they rose in terms of promotion the more challenges they faced.
She said the promoted officers should be exemplary as they would be required to represent the organisation in various forums where their presence or words said would be construed as official or the organisation’s position.
The new lieutenant-colonels are Fibion Chitungo, Isiah Chitungo, Camble Sithole, Joyce Derera, Kudzanai Mautsa, Sizani Moyo, Sadiki Maeresera, Snick Nkomo, Regis Mangezi, Lydia Mambondiyani, Lovemore Bvute, Conrade Makazhe, Tasra Jairos, Fungai Mapaya, William Mangwiro, Nomsa Denhere and Austin Chavani. Others are: Lloyd Mutsvangwa, Trueman Mpilo Nkiwane, Collen Mafika, Edward Mataga, Tafirei Masuma, Ossie Mhandu, Simon Mhere, Caston Takawira Munjoma, Whatmore Ziweni, Augustine Ruwambira, George Njagu, Robert Ngundunyamandi, Marko Ncube, Gustuff Marume, Gift Noko, James Mtembo, Kainos Chichetu, Itai Marimo, Gram Nyagadza and Andrewe Kabaira.
Chitungo and Sithole have been immediately assigned with new appointments — Commanding Officer 1 Field Regiment and Commandant Army School of physical training and sports respectively.