cde mnangagwa e.jpgDefence Minister, Cde Emerson Mnangagwa says service chiefs are professionals who serve the nation and do not belong to any political party.

The statement comes in light of numerous accusations that are coming from western-sponsored media claiming that service chiefs are pro-Zanu PF.

Zimbabwe’s service chiefs have been accused by the pro-western media of being Zanu PF sympathisers.

 

However, Cde Mnangagwa refuted the allegations as small talk.

In an interview with ZBC News after handing-over 115 computers to the Zimbabwe Staff College, Cde Mnangagwa said service chiefs were appointed on merit and are professionals as shown by the numerous awards won by members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.

“After independence, we incorporated people from ZANLA, ZIPRA and the Rhodesian Forces and these people are very competitive, they don’t belong to any party, they are Zimbabweans as evidenced by awards we get when our troops get medals at international assignments,” Cde Mnangagwa said.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces have served the country and the continent with distinction in such operations as in Mozambique, Somalia and the DRC.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence has handed over 115 computers to the Zimbabwe Staff College, a move that is expected to improve the quality of cadets who will graduate from the college.

Zimbabwe Staff College Commandant, Colonel Augustine Chipwere applauded the initiative, saying this will keep the forces in touch with the fast changing technological innovations.

“The Zimbabwe Staff College classes had to make do with a computer student ratio of 1 computer to 25 students, a situation that was limiting students’ access to the gadgets. So the computers will enable them to move with trends in this era of rapid information communication technology expansion,” said Colonel Chipwere.

Defence forces the world over have been known to spearhead innovations, hence the need for extensive research which require computers.