The operationalisation of the African Standby Brigade and the SADC Standby Force has seen the Zimbabwe Defence Forces cooperating and exchanging military skills with sister forces from the region and beyond.
Defence Forces from the region who attended this year’s ZDF commemorations hailed the military cooperation which equips the forces in line with contemporary national defence and security strategies.
The ZDF is a solid entity that has demonstrated its ability to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Zimbabwean forces are often deployed in regional and international peace support operations under the auspices of SADC, the African Union as well as the United Nations.
The ZDF also has training cooperation agreements with countries from the SADC region including Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Besides training cooperation, the ZDF also engages in various activities with other forces from different countries where they share experiences.
At this year’s Defence Forces commemorations, the Malawian Defence Forces football team played against a select team from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Brigadier General Moses Mvula from the Malawi Defence Forces hailed the cooperation between his country and Zimbabwe which has enhanced peace prospects in the region.
Colonel Mautenyane Mautenyane from the Botswana Defence Forces said the working together between forces from his country and Zimbabwe especially on the border patrol programmes in support of the wildlife management initiatives has helped reduce poaching.
The ZDF continue to raise the Zimbabwean flag high on regional and international fronts where they contribute to international peace and stability.