Over one thousand people braved the chilly weather to attend this yearâ€™s Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day commemorations held at Phelandaba stadium in Gwanda today.
Among the guests that attended the celebrations to mark the Zimbabwe Defence Forces 30th anniversary, were the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Cde Andrew Langa, Gwanda town Mayor, Councillor Lionel Denecker and some Members of House of Assembly.
The programme kicked off with a march by members of the Zimbabwe National Army and drum majorettes from Gwanda town to the stadium.
This was followed by the arrival of Service Chiefs and the Guest of Honour, who is the Deputy President of the Senate, Cde Naison Khutshwekhaya Ndlovu.
Cde Ndlovu, who was standing in for the Governor and Resident Minister of Matabeleland South province, Cde Angeline Masuku, inspected the guard of honour, mounted by the Zimbabwe National Army officers.Â
This was followed by the reading of the presidential speech.
In his remarks, Cde Ndlovu commended the Defence Forces for their role in defending the countryâ€™s sovereignty, saying the youths should not only draw inspiration from the forcesâ€™ work but follow in their footsteps.
The crowd was treated to various drill displays by the ZNA.
School children also took part in the celebrations as they recited poems in honour of the outstanding work of the countryâ€˜s Defence Forces.
As part of the celebrations to mark the important event the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the ZNA clashed in a friendly soccer match.