The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted 24 senior Air Force of Zimbabwe officers.

The promotion was done in terms of section 15(3b) of the Defence Act.

The four of Group Captain A. Viyano, Group Captain E.F Masakadza, Group Captain A. Gwata and Group Captain P.T Moyo have been elevated to the rank of Air Commodore.

10 wing commanders; Wing Commander S. Dube, Wing Commander N.C. Nyamwanza, Wing Commander F.C. Manhanga, Wing Commander M. Dhliwayo, Wing Commander P.P. Maketo, Wing Commander E. Kujinga, Wing Commander S.B Bere, Wing Commander E. Garwe, Wing Commander M. Mukarakate and Wing Commander P. Ndou were promoted to the rank of Group Captain.

10 squadron leaders were also elevated to the rank of wing commanders.

These are: Squadron Leader Tineyi Mhonda, Squadron Leader Richard Chitumba, Squadron Leader Proud, K. Sithole, Squadron Leader Darlington Mudoti, Squadron Leader Elifas Nhundu, Squadron Leader Fungai, G. Chihaka, Squadron Leader Betty Madhema, Squadron Leader Bizeki Madzadzure, Squadron Leader John Chirinda and Squadron Leader Charles Mukanyiwa.

In his address to the newly promoted officers, Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander, Air Marshal Perence Shiri emphasised the need for discipline and hard work in order to uphold professionalism in the force.

Some of the promoted officers promised to continue working hard for the benefit of the country at large.

Air Vice Marshal Jacob Nzvede, who conferred ranks to squadron leaders to the rank of wing commanders urged the officers to lead by example.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe is known for moulding professional officers and the elevation of these officers is testimony to their commitment to maintain the standards.