A call has been made for Southern African countries to safeguard and maintain the legacy of peace and unity that was fought for by their forbearers from the colonial regime which enables sustainable development.

26 civilians under the SADC standby force roaster drawn from a number of SADC member states graduated at the SADC Regional Peace Keeping Training Centre (RPTC) after successfully completing a two week SADC civilian foundation course.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ms Annie Kumwenda said it is important for the SADC countries to preserve the legacy to enable sustainable development.

It is critical to engage and train civilians as they contribute immensely to peace missions said SADC RPTC commandant Brigadier General Bongani Jonas.

The graduates said the skills and knowledge gained through training will help enhance their work if they are to participate in peacekeeping missions.

The SADC regional peace keeping training centre plays an important role in sustaining peace and security capacities at both regional and international level through training civilian, military and police officers including prisons and correctional services personnel.