There is need to formulate legislation that enshrines conditions of service that promote and motivate retention of human resources in the military, Defence Minister Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has said.
Minister Sekeramayi said this at Defence House in Harare on Monday in a speech read on his behalf by Secretary for Defence Mr Martin Rushwaya while welcoming a South Africa Defence Forces Service Commission delegation that is in the country to benchmark and share experience with their local counterparts.
He said crafting legislation was important in pursuance of a common desire to explore better conditions for human resources.
“In this endeavour, the thrust should not only focus on professionals, but also on the General Duty Front Line soldier who bears most of the exigencies of military life, including the primary and core duty of defending the sovereignty of our countries,” he said.
Minister Sekeramayi said the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remained apolitical as enshrined by the Constitution.
South Africa Defence Forces Service chairperson Professor Edna Lorraine van Harte said they came to Zimbabwe to study various aspects of ZDF before making recommendations.
“We have come to Zimbabwe to learn and also share experience,” she said.
“Our commission was inaugurated in October 2013. It’s a new structure in the South Africa Defence Forces. Our role is to look on various aspects of our soldiers and their families and make recommendations to the minister.”