Defence policy key in socio-economic and political development of the country – Muchinguri-Kashiri

By Oleen Ndori

GOVERNMENT says the country’s defence policy continues to prioritise maintaining peace and security as the Second Republic continues to pursue its engagement and re-engagement drive.

Presenting a lecture on Zimbabwe Defence Policy, Defence and War Veterans Minister, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri spoke on Zimbabwe’s contribution to the maintenance of regional and continental peace as part of its defence policy.

“Zimbabwe pursues a forward looking, non-aggressive and non-hostile defence policy based on the maintenance of a minimum credible conventional deterrent capability. She does not harbour any aggressive intentions and will not interfere in the internal affairs of any other country including her neighbours. The Zimbabwe defence policy prioritises the country’s domestic stability and contribution to international peace and stability. In pursuit of the principle of non-interference when responding to security crises in other countries, Zimbabwe prioritises preventive diplomacy. To this end, Zimbabwe has always observed the cardinal principle of exhausting diplomatic contacts before disputes erupt into conflict,” she said.

She explained how the country’s defence policy has been put into action, including the engagement re-engagement agenda of the Second Republic.

“Since coming into office on the 24th of November 2017, President Mnangagwa embarked on a serious re-engagement programme with those in the international community that had turned their backs on us. As a result of these efforts, Zimbabwe is witnessing signs of positive and promising political and economic relations with the international community of nations,” she added.

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri also spoke on the modernisation of the defence forces, unregulated immigrants from the Horn of Africa and active participation of the defence forces in socio-economic development of the country.