By Peter Chivhima
Government has identified human capital development as the answer to a well functioning Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
This was revealed by the Minister of the Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri at the graduation ceremony of 22 Air Force of Zimbabwe officers in Harare this Monday.
Officiating at the event, Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri stressed the importance of human capital development in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), imploring officers to prioritise research on issues relating to national security.
“I urge you to continue researching on issues relating to national security so as to keep abreast with the ever-changing operating environment influenced by rapid worldwide technological developments. Asymmetric warfare and terrorism are some of the topical contemporary challenges that require new and sophisticated strategies to address such,” she said.
Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri also revealed plans to construct more housing units for ZDF members in line with government efforts to improve the welfare of uniformed forces.
“These flats will have a total capacity of 1 500 three-bedroomed units. Government is also in the process of constructing new building in camps that had dilapidated infrastructure, which include Ndangana Barracks in Chipinge, Amaganyana Barracks in Plumtree and at Pondoloza Barracks.”
The Best Student and Commandant’s awards went to Flight Lieutenant Briton Musanzika while the runner up was Flight Lieutenant Yvette Mkandla, who, on behalf of the graduands, pledged to use the knowledge gained for the development of the country.
“We are going to use the knowledge we have gained for the best of the organisation and the entire nation,” she said.
The graduation ceremony was attended by Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda and other Service Chiefs.