President Mugabe was speaking during the Zimbabwe Defence Forcesâ€™ 31 st Anniversary at the beginning of the week.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day Celebrations held at the National Sports Stadium saw Zimbabweans from across the political divide and from all age groups attending. Some senior defence officers from the SADC region both retired and serving joined Zimbabweans in the celebrations.
In his address, President Mugabe was in full of praise for the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for a job well done in the preservation and protection of Zimbabweâ€™s sovereignty and for their achievements in the region and beyond in international peace missions.
He spoke of the various challenges the forces are facing as the country forges ahead against the odds that have been brought by sanctions.
Illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by western nations have taken their toll as witnessed by the grounding of some machinery and equipment which were purchased in some western European countries.
The same countries are refusing to sell spare parts to Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe however has friends in the East such as China.