Government is aware of challenges being faced by the defence forces and is seriously looking at ways of improving their conditions of service, transportation and accommodation, Acting Defence Minister Kembo Mohadi has said.
In a speech he read on behalf of Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi at a graduation ceremony of 57 officers drawn from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and Allied Forces at the Zimbabwe Staff College, Minister Mohadi said conditions of service were of concern to Government..
“My ministry is aware of the challenges being faced by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, especially in the areas of conditions of service,” Minister Mohadi said. In this regard, lack of adequate transport, suitable accommodation and improved salaries are areas of concern,” he said.
Minister Mohadi said Government was seriously looking at the issues and once a solution is found, it would be communicated accordingly.
He saluted the ZDF for remaining vigilant and patriotic despite the challenges.
“This is commendable as the defence of our sovereignty is not negotiable and will never be exchanged for anything that anyone can imagine,” he said.
Minister Mohadi said the ZDF made huge investments in the defence forces’ professional training and career development activities in order to facilitate smooth training and development of its human resources.
“Training and development has laid a solid foundation for the successful discharge of the ZDF’s constitutional mandate of maintaining peace and stability in Zimbabwe, the sadc region and Africa,” Minister Mohadi said.
He noted that the Junior Staff Course aims at fostering a prestigious and formidable world-class armed force that values its national sovereignty, traditions and aspirations.
Zimbabwe Staff College Commandant Brigadier-General Augustine Chi- pwere said the course ran for six months and officers who participated were from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Tanzania.
The course, he said, was aimed at teaching the officers the new outlook of warfare which continued to change as a result of conflicts and innovations on the technological front.
The course covered issues including logistics, leadership, training and peace support operations, which are key in contemporary defence and security.