bobo building.jpgThe Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has laid the foundation stone at the site where the National Defence College will be constructed.

 

The college, which will be located along Mazowe road in Marlborough, Harare, will occupy 65 hectares of land that was donated by the University of Zimbabwe and is set to become the highest national institution to provide high quality education and training in defence and security studies in the country.

 

The idea of establishing a National Defence College was mooted by government in 2004 before the college was eventually established in 2009 .

 

Addressing guests who gathered to witness the ceremony, President Mugabe said the college will be the leading strategic institution of higher education and research in national and international defence and security issues.

 

  

“The National Defence College shall, through national constructive and collective engagements in the crafting of national policy issues, act as a unifying platform”.

“It will inculcate a sense of belonging, be it in persuit of our national values, or in caltivating an ethos of a united Zimbabwe,” said President Mugabe.  

 

Among those who witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony, were Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and government ministers from across the political divide.

 

Cde Mugabe explained that the college has been tasked with preparing selected senior military officers from Zimbabwe and other friendly countries to acquire and develop analytical skills and knowledge of defence and security issues and produce graduates who are able to assess international, regional , sub-regional and national security issues so that they are able to develop policy options and plans which are strategic in national development.
   
ceremony.jpgHe highlighted that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces who over the years have been invited to take part in regional and international peacekeeping missions will further enhance their professional capability through the introduction of the National Defence College.

 

Cde Mugabe expressed gratitude to the countries such as China, Pakistan and Kenya that have assisted the Defence Forces by offering them defence studies at their national defence colleges.

 

He saluted China for seconding the people’s Liberation Army Instructors team to train Zimbawe Defence Forces members at Staff College.

 

The National Defence College will start-off as an affiliate of the University of Zimbabwe and will gradually develop into a fully-fledged university.