president salute 130710.jpg71 officers from the Zimbabwe Military Academy (ZMA) in Gweru have been commissioned as officers by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe.

Among the graduands were female officer cadets.   

Speaking at the ceremony, Cde Mugabe challenged young women to join the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and urged those already in the military to assume key command responsibilities within the defence forces.

“The graduation of 5 female officer cadets is testimony to the military’s support of government policy of ensuring gender equality in all sectors,” said President Mugabe.

He said Zimbabwe will continue to champion the cause of gender equality in all spheres of political economic and social development.

The Regular Officer Cadet Number 03/27/09 is the first course to offer a Diploma in Military Education.

The development is a result of an alliance between the Zimbabwe Military Academy and the Midlands State University.

President Mugabe said partnerships of this nature are commendable as they add value to the quality of graduands from military training institutions.

“I commend the Midlands State University for granting associate status to the Zimbabwe Military Academy and we hope this partnership will continue to blossom,” he said.

The Regular Officer Course is the 27th course to graduate at the college since its establishment in 1980.