The Minister of Defence, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa says the Zimbabwe Defence Forces training institutions will remain open to more students from the SADC region as this will help in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region as well as promote development.
Cde Mnangagwa was speaking at a Junior Staff Course graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Staff College.
The course which started in June drew 60 students, 52 of whom were from the Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Prison Service and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, while 8 came from the SADC region- one officer each from Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho and Tanzania with Namibia and Mozambique providing two officers.
Cde Mnangagwa said the continued participation of students from the SADC region in various courses run by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is ample evidence of the countryâ€™s commitment towards regional military integration.
Cde Mnagagwa said the training is a platform for moulding qualities of leadership, intellect and physical fitness that meet the demands of a military officer of modern times, adding that it is the duty of uniformed force members and future leaders of the Defence Forces to maintain an enabling environment for positive socio economic development.
He paid tribute to the invaluable contribution made to the course by the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Instructing Team (PLAIT) from the Peoplesâ€™ Republic of China who have been instrumental in the training.
The students on the course were of the rank of Captain or equivalent and there were two Majors from Malawi and Botswana.
6 female officers also took part.