ZDF implored to prioritise research

By Peter Chivhima

THE Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has been challenged to embrace new technology and innovation for them to be part of the country’s development agenda.

The importance of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) in the national development matrix was the key takeaway during the graduation ceremony of 135 students at the Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare this Monday.

In a speech read on her behalf by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Ambassador Grey Marongwe, at the graduation ceremony, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Honourable Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri challenged graduates to embrace technology and innovation.

“We implore you to be innovative, embrace technology to help the country develop. Under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the country has sailed through despite the illegal sanctions,” she said.

UZ Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Mapfumo implored the ZDF to prioritise research, pledging his institution’s continued support for the defence forces.

” I am grateful to the collaboration we have. In line with the country’s vision of becoming an upper-middle-income society, I urge the ZDF to work hard in the area of research and as the UZ we are ready to support their programme.”

To the students, the expertise gained is not an effort in vain.

The graduates were drawn from ZNA, AFZ, ZRP and ZPCS.

The ceremony was attended by service chiefs and academics from the University of Zimbabwe and Chinhoyi University of Science and Technology.

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