President promotes 22 senior army officers

Harare Bureau
President Mugabe has promoted three Zimbabwe National Army colonels to the rank of Brigadier General and 19 Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of full colonels.

They were all promoted in line with Section 15 (1) B of the Defence Act Chapter 11:02 with effect from December 18 last year.

Addressing the newly promoted senior officers after the conferment of the ranks at the Army Headquarters in Harare yesterday, Chief of Staff Administrative Staff Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba emphasised the role for military officers in serving the State and abiding by the Constitution.

“As military officers, we’re there to serve the State as custodians of our Constitution which has been agreed by the people,” he said. “We’re also subservient to civilian authorities.

“You’re joining the senior officer’s bracket and what it means is that there’s a saying which says, ‘the higher you go, the cooler it becomes’, so the higher you go in terms of promotion means the more challenging things ahead of you.

“On behalf of the Commander-In-Chief of the ZDF, President Mugabe, and Commander Defence Forces, General Constantine Chiwenga and Commander ZNA Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda, I wish to congratulate you all, you were all deserving promotions.”

Maj Gen Nyikayaramba said the ZNA was compliant with government’s efforts for gender equality as indicated by the elevation of female officer Lindiwe Ngwenya to the rank of Brigadier General.

Three other female officers were promoted to the rank of colonels.

“We’re excited that in response to the government’s call for gender equality, we continue to see more women joining the hierarchy of the military high command,” said Maj Gen Nyikayaramba. “Here we’re looking at Brigadier General Ngwenya as the second woman in the high command after Brigadier General Shylet Moyo who became the first female General.”

Maj Gen Nyikayaramba urged the newly promoted officers to effectively manage resources since the country is undergoing economic hardships as a result of illegal sanctions.

“We’re going through a difficult patch in terms of the economic situation in this country,” he said. “You might be aware that as a result of the illegal sanctions, some of the equipment bought in the various units needs to be looked after well.

“This will enable that equipment to extend its life-span in terms of its durability.”

The new Brigadier Generals are Lindiwe Ngwenya, Cephas Gurira and Godfrey Mupita.

The new Colonels are Luckymore Mkurazhizha, Juliet Chitsungo, Tendai Mandizvidza, Samuel Mpabanga, Vitali Chigume, Levy Moyo, Zitterson Sabeka, Paradzai Marovanidze, Tamuka Shoko, Canaan Chimudzeka, Kenneth Chihumba, Naboth Manyau, Richard Mapanda, Jones Marodza, Aaron Edwards, Arnold Gumbo, Maxwell Masuku, Archford Muteranduwa and Albert Malamo.

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  • Buffalojump

    This is very important to secure the Presidency. Smart move.

    • MehlokaMthwakazi

      Preparing a new team which will effectively work against Mnangangwa , wait and see . This is a huge plan for this year and Grace Mugabe is collaborating with Mphoko and she is driving this whole movie while down there in Asian .
      There is more behind this , ask yourself one question , why announcing all these nominations and sort of changes during President Mugabe’s absence ,kkkkkkkkk may be Mphoko is taking over the country ?????? , and his VP will be Grace Mugabe -wokoyo madoda !! Is President Mugabe still alive ?? Asians tell us please ?, Is he bed ridden ?

      • Buffalojump

        Thanks for the well thought out response.

  • chakanetsa

    This is not helping the fiscus,why not freeze all posts, and have people in acting capacity.This means more costs for Chinamasa,more taxes etc.