Members of the defence forces have been called upon to preserve the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The call was made by Airforce of Zimbabwe Chief of Staff Operations Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo at a joint graduation ceremony for junior and senior tactics at field Airforce base in Chegutu.

He said soldiers should be wary of Zimbabwe’s detractors who use political, economic, social and diplomatic facets to influence public opinion and behaviour in Zimbabwe.

Air Vice Marshal Moyo also applauded favourable gender mainstreaming policies in the defence forces, which have seen the participation of women steadily increasing.