mnangagwa.jpgAs Zimbabwe prepares to join the world in commemorating the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers on May 29 , Defence Minister, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa says the voices of people in the 3rd world have been suppressed resulting in unilateral decisions by Western nations, hence the persistent calls for the reformation of the UN Security Council.

The call for the reformation of the United Nations Security Council was made by the Minister of Defence, Cde Mnangagwa at the launch of the Zimbabwe Chapter of the 63rd anniversary of the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers at Defence House in Harare.

Cde Mnangagwa condemned the unilateralism of the western nations saying this has muffled voices of 3rd world countries and organisations such as the non-aligned movement.

In his address to the members of the defence forces gathered for the event Cde Mnangagwa pointed out that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF)’s conduct on all UN peacekeeping missions has been commendable and professional despite attempts by Britain and its allies to portray Zimbabwe as a nation that does not uphold the rule of law.

“Also gratifying to note is the fact that a number of civilian police trainers in Darfur, Liberia, East Timor and Sudan. This has continued to raise the country’s flag high within the international political arena. This is despite calls by Britain and its allies seeking to portray Zimbabwe as a lawless nation,” said Minister Mnangagwa.

The International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers is held every year on May 29. This year’s celebrations to be held in Bindura in Mashonaland Central will run under the theme: The Rule of Law. which Cde Mnangagwa said is very relevant to Zimbabwe’s security forces as they have become major players in UN peace keeping missions.

“The theme is much more relevant to us as our sister forces of ZRP and ZPS have become major players in the UN peacekeeping missions,” added Cde Mnangagwa.

Last year, 2 900 UN peacekeepers died in missions in different parts of the world. As the global body continues in its peacekeeping mandate in different parts of the world, observers say there is need to reform the UN Security Council in reality with voices from the developing countries.