Peter Matika, Senior Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Defence University is on a two-week study tour of selected parts and regions of the country in a bid to equip participants with knowledge about the country’s heritage, socio-economic, political and security environment.
The tour began on 10 October and will end on October 22.
In an interview ZNDU Vice Chancellor and Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Michael Moyo said the course runs for 44 weeks and has four terms.
“The first term, which we are in is about domestic and foundation studies. The study includes a domestic study tour in order to expose participants to Zimbabwe as a country.
Some of the aspects include government structures, tourism and heritage. Basically, in summary we are showing the participants Zimbabwe in order to give them tools and be prepared to contribute as the course progresses,” he said.
Participants of the programme are drawn from the Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, President’s Department and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry.
There are also allied participants from countries that include Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana.
The tour has already seen participants visiting Dendairy Farm and Factory in Kwekwe, an A2 Cattle Ranching Farm in Gweru and Chief Masendu’s homestead in Plumtree.
“Yesterday (Thursday) we toured Gwanda where we had interactions with the Minister of State, Cde Abednico Ncube. Tomorrow we are visiting the Khami Ruins and will conclude our tour by visiting Hwange National Park, Hwange Power Station and the Victoria Falls,” said Air Vice Marshal Moyo.
Yesterday the participants held a day long Strategic Planning Workshop at a local hotel.
“The workshop is part of our training programme to capacitate participants with tools to write strategic papers. As one of their exit outcomes they are expected to write a collective paper known as the National Security Policy and Strategy paper and over the years we have had the priviledge to present the paper to the President,” he said.