12:58 – Now time for the singing of the National Anthem.

12:56 – President Mnangagwa has concluded his address.

12:54 – The President said the long standing relationship between the army and the people must be rekindled and nurtured while appealing all progress Zimbabweans to shun violent demonstrations and exercise peace.

12:52 – “I challenge the uniformed forces that to develop our country you need to be patriotic, reliable and committed in order to realise vision 2030. Internationally, my government will ensure the ZDF will play its part. Zimbabwe is indeed committed and ready to play its part in ensuring a more peaceful, modern and integrated Africa. I implore you all the men and women of the ZDF in the provision of homegrown solutions for national development,” he says.

                                                 More scenes at ZDF celebrations around the country



12:49 – President Mnangagwa has urged the nation to be patient while the government is working tirelessly to turn around the economic fortunes of the country. “The ongoing Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) is meant to promote production and also ensure food security. Be patient with the government as the austerity measures were put in place to cure the country’s economic ailment. The cure will be bitter, but we assure you we are in the right path,”

12:48 – He pays tribute to international demining companies for rendering assistance to Zimbabwe in the demining exercise while also imploring the general public to embrace the National Clean-up Campaign to achieve safe and healthy environs around the country.

12:44 – President Mnangagwa says his government is prioritising upgrading of equipment in both the army and airforce adding that several courses and joint training were conducted with regional and international friendly countries which had enriched the knowledge base of the ZDF.

                                                        President Emmerson Mnangagwa

12:43 – He also thanked the people of Zimbabwe and the international community who helped following the cyclone which hit the country.

12:42 – The President has commended the members of the ZDF for their assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai which destroyed several infrastructure and left many dead while some are still missing. “We applaud the ZDF’s focused intervention with the quest to reach inaccessible places in Chipinge and Chimanimani districts which were the most affected areas.”

12:38 – “The ZDF will continue to play critical roles in maintaining international peace and security following missions to DRC and other several countries,”

12:34 – He says the role of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces’ role has never been an easy one since pre-independence era up to date as the country continues to enjoy peace and stability as a result of the selfless dedication and sacrifice of these fine men and women of this country.

12:31 – President Mnangagwa now giving his keynote address.

                   ZDF celebrations in Bindura

     Minister of Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs, Cde Abednico Ncube arrives at Phelandaba Stadium in Gwanda to preside over the ZDF Day celebrations

1137 – President Mnangagwa has conferred three Air Force of Zimbabwe bases with colours.

11:31 – Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri invites the President for the presentation of colours.

            Scenes at ZDF celebrations around the country

10:59 – She says the ZDF is not only there to guard the nation but is also spearheading developmental projects around the country especially in Manicaland where Cyclone Idai left a trail of distraction. Cde Munchinguri-Kashiri also paid tribute to the SA Defence Forces for their assistance in Cyclone Idai devastated areas of Manicaland.

10:57 – Defence and War Veterans Minister, Cde Oppah Munchinguri-Kashiri takes to the podium.

10:53 Chaplain-General Colonel Joseph Nyakudya gives a sermon before an opening prayer.

10:48 – President Mnangagwa inspects the Parade and takes his seat.

ELSEWHERE: 10:47 Celebrations of the day underway in other provinces.

10:32 – The Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mnangagwa arrives here at the main celebrations venue to a rousing welcome. Singing of the national anthem marks the official proceedings of the celebrations here.

10:30 – The First Lady arrives at the National Sport Stadium for the Defence Forces Day celebrations.

10: 22 – South Africa and Lesotho defence forces delegations are also present at the National Sports Stadium.

10:21 – President Emmerson Mnangagwa to preside over the main celebrations.

10: 00 – Today, we celebrate the Defence Forces Day. The main celebrations running under the theme: “ZDF Guaranteeing Peace and Security for National Development” will be held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.