SADC has commended Zimbabwe for a job well done in making sure they stick to the peace keeping agenda by enhancing training of a standby force at the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre (RPTC) in Harare.

During their two day visit to the country, the SADC team visited the Interpol Regional Bureau and the RPTC for an assessment and taking stock of the current programmes running at the institution.

Briefing journalists at a local hotel in Harare, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax said they signed an memorandum of understanding with the Zimbabwe government that seeks to support the peacekeeping programmes.

“Peace in the region can bring more economic activities and we need to uphold it with other cooperating partners,” said Dr Tax.

“We need to be technologically advanced in military equipment to make sure that we capacitate our forces to fight modern wars,” said Mr Jorge Cardoso, the Director of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.

“We also need to make sure that those people affected in conflicts should be protected from abuse especially women,” he added.

According to Dr Tax, Zimbabwe will assume chairmanship for the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security in August next year.