The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has been implored to further and maintain the peaceful environment that the country is currently enjoying.

The remarks were made by Commander ZNA Lieutenant General Edzai Chimonyo at 5 Infantry Brigade in Kwekwe.

Witnessing the handover and takeover of command at 5 Brigade, Lieutenant General Chimonyo underlined that efforts to forge a united and coherent country that can accommodate everyone should always be central to the national army.

Lieutenant General Chimonyo said despite the challenges being experienced by the army maintaining internal peace and security to ensure national stability should be a priority.

“We as the Zimbabwe National Army should relentlessly ensure a conducive and peaceful environment so that all citizens of this great nation enjoy a sense of belonging in the land. I am aware of the challenges that the organisation was facing in improving its capabilities but together we can continue to develop the Zimbabwe National Army into the desired formidable entity that will deal decisively with any and all threats whether existing or emerging,” he said. 

Sharing some words of advice, outgoing Commander 5 Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Morgan Munawa urged the military to uphold its true values of loyalty and commitment and avoid tarnishing the image of the army.

“I urge all of you to remain disciplined and professional and in this regard desist from all tendencies that tarnish the image of the Zimbabwe National Army. As we forge ahead in this new era of self renewal, we must all fully embrace the ideals of loyalty and commitment and roll up our sleeves in readiness to deliver. The Zimbabwe National Army is fully aware of your ultimate sacrifice as well as your loyalty and dedication to the cause of the Republic of Zimbabwe. In that vein, we are fully committed to regularly review and improve your conditions of service,” he said.

The incoming Commander 5 Brigade, Brigadier Simo Maseko took over the brigade from Brigadier General Munawa at a colourful ceremony.