Airforce officers urged to shun drug and substance abuse

By Tafara Chikumira

AIRFORCE of Zimbabwe officers have been urged to shun drug and substance abuse which has become a menace in the country.

Fifty-two Air Force of Zimbabwe officers recently graduated after completing the basic officers’ course at Josiah Tungamirai Airforce Base in Gweru.

Of those who graduated, 17 are female as the military establishment continues to address gender parity gaps in the country’s defenders of the airspace and territorial integrity.

While addressing stakeholders at the graduation ceremony, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander, Air Marshal Elson Moyo urged the officers to shun drug and substance abuse, saying there is no room for such behaviour in the force.

“Another emerging challenge that is threatening the health of a good number of our youth in Zimbabwe is drug and substance abuse.

“There will be many temptations and at times pressure on you to try some of these substances, but I can guarantee you that once you take that route, it will mark the beginning of your troubles that will lead to your eventual dismissal from the air force of Zimbabwe,” he said.

The 52 graduates went through a 32-week training programme which was physically and mentally demanding preparing them to become part of an effective Air Force of Zimbabwe.