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Newly commission officer cadets implored to uphold country’s values

Story by Josephine Mugiyo, Diplomatic Correspondent

THE Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says it is important for newly commissioned members of the uniformed forces to fully understand the country’s values and national ethos given that they are the future military leaders.

This Friday saw the 39th commissioning parade of the regular officer cadets at the Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who presided over the graduation of 182 officer cadets, said it is key for these men and women to understand the values of the nation as this will ensure they can safeguard them.

“The inclusion of the civil military relations package is crucial for a strong and disciplined defence force. As our future military leaders, it is essential that you have a deep understanding and appreciation of our national values and ethos. Moreso so that our military is a unifying force , which comes from the people as well as protects them and defends our national identity, rich history , unity , peace, and harmony.”

As part of their training, the officer cadets visited a number of sites which bear significant history of the country’s liberation struggle and for their Commander in Chief, this is key as it keeps them well aware of the sacrifices made.

“It is pleasing that the Zimbabwe military academy continues to facilitate visits by cadets to liberation war shrines, with this group having toured Chimoio in Mozambique and freedom camp in Zambia, as well as the Kamungoma battle site in Gutu. In like with the ongoing recognition and memorialization of historic aspects of our liberation war heritage.

“I challenge the defence forces to broaden the number of sites visited and extend the opportunity of such tours to already serving members. Such exposure must serve as a constant reminder of the need to jealously guard and bravely defend our independence, freedom, and democracy for perpetuit,” said the President.

As the newly commissioned officers take up their new role, President Mnangagwa cautioned them that the road ahead may be tough sometimes but rewarding.

He urged them to be humble and serve with purpose.

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