Mnangagwa launches Zimbabwe National Defence University
The launch was held at the Rogers Alfred Nikita Mangena Barracks in Mazowe.
ZNDU is intended to be the pinnacle of national defence and security studies in the country.
Speaking at the launch, "President Mnangagwa said there was a need for the institution to address defence, security and strategic challenges in the country
ZNDU enhances the development of human capital in various disciplines in the context of defence, security and protection of our territorial integrity.
"The University must proffer skills, insights, and innovations that will set the country on a new economic growth trajectory. Defence, security and strategic studies are part of the curricula in many universities world over. ZNDU must ensure students appreciate the socio-economic, technological and political aspirations of national peace and security
We are at the Alfred Nikita Mangena Barracks, where President @edmnangagwa is officially launching the Zimbabwe National Defence University and also ground breaking the construction site for the University's Science and Innovation Hub pic.twitter.com/wJFr2I7x2A— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) November 16, 2018
The new Vice Chancellor Air Vice Marshall Michael Tedzani Moyo has been robed as the first substantive Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University. The VC was presented with the charter of the university.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa commissioned the Rogers Alfred Nikita Mangena Barracks in April.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Mangena family which included the widow of the late brilliant ZIPRA strategist, his son and brother, former ZIPRA members of the high command, Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Elson Moyo and other high-ranking ZDF officers, Chief Negomo and Harare Metropolitan Province Minister of State Mirriam Chikukwa.