The government says despite the illegal economic sanctions imposed on the country, competing demands and current financial constraints, it remains committed to continue supporting the training and development of the military personnel locally, regionally and beyond.

This was said by the Minister of Defence, Dr Sydney Sekeramayi while addressing 33 graduates, who had completed Junior Staff Course number 34 at Manyame Air Base in Harare.

He said the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has remained resolute in discharging its constitutional mandate amidst challenges associated with illegal sanction imposed on the country.

Dr Sekeramayi added that the government is committed to strengthen bilateral and multilateral defence and security in the region through joint military training of officers to enhance military cooperation.

The 19 week long course saw 24 male officers and 9 female officers drawn from various directorates of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services and the SADC region receiving their certificates.

Some of the graduates said the training course remains very important not only for the sound functioning organisation but also for personal and professional growth.

The main thrust of the training programme offered by the School of Academic and Staff Training was to ensure that there is a cumulative build-up of skills and knowledge acquired from the military courses.