The Army Is Our Number One Asset And Must Be Well Taken Care Of, Says PV Sibanda As ED Promotes 3 Officers
13 April 2019
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File Picture of President Emmerson Mnangagwa with General Philip Sibanda

PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has promoted two Brigadier-Generals to the rank of Major-General and one Air Commodore to Air Vice-Marshal.

The newly promoted Major-Generals are Kazirai Tazira, William Dube and Air Vice-Marshal Biltim Chingono.

Conferring new ranks to the newly promoted, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Philip Valerio Sibanda implored the three to continue working hard.

“Our subordinates, the troops, are our best asset and we need to strive to continue ensuring that they are properly served, properly managed and properly educated,” said Gen Sibanda.

“It is your duty and responsibility to ensure that this asset which is bigger than money is properly catered for.”

“Continue doing your best,” he said. “We are going to be asking a lot more from you, so redouble your efforts. You need to do more than you have done because rank comes with responsibilities and accountability has gone up a notch.”

Gen Sibanda said the promotions were based on a wide range of considerations, among which is merit, distinguished service, consistent dutifulness, hard work, loyalty, selflessness and patriotism.

He said the ZDF command will continue to review the welfare of its personnel.

The promotions are in accordance with Section 15(1) (B) (Chapter 11:02) of the Defence Act and are with effect from April 5.

Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Absalom Edzai Chimonyo said ZDF will continue to grow due to committed cadres.

“You have excelled in your duties and serving the country,” he said. “You deserved this recognition. With cadres of your calibre our defence force will continue to grow from strength to strength to be among the best in the region.”

After receiving the new rank, Maj-Gen Dube vowed to continue working hard for the country.

“We wish to acknowledge and receive the honour and responsibility that has been thrust upon us through this promotion by our nation through the authority vested upon His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief Zimbabwe Defence Forces in accordance with the relevant provisions of the laws of Zimbabwe,” he said

— state media