‘Versatility key in dealing with evolution of new security threats’

By Peter Chivhima

VERSATILITY in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces has been identified as key in dealing with the evolution of new security threats such as terrorism.

Last month, Zimbabwe joined other countries on the continent for two African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summits held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea aimed at deepening and consolidating regional solidarity and unity.

At the summit, Zimbabwe was represented by the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.

On the sidelines of a recent graduation ceremony of Junior Staff Course Number 76 at Zimbabwe Defence College in Harare Cde Muchinguri Kashiri highlighted the need for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the SADC region to unite in the fight against terrorism.

I urge you to remain versatile and effective in the face of contemporary security challenges that are constantly changing. The evolution of new forms of threats and COVID-19 pandemic requires a versatile mindset to deal with them. Terrorism in Mozambique is serious threat to the whole region. We need to bring Africa together that an attack on one country is an attack of the whole region,” she said.

Cde Muchinguri Kashiri described the death of 30 Burundian Soldiers who were deployed on an African Union Mission in Somalia, who were killed by AL Shabab militants as an unfortunate incident which was condemned during the summit in Equatorial Guinea.

Due to terrorism a number of developmental projects are disrupted with people being killed.