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Mnangagwa presides over ZNA graduation

by Staff reporter
28 Nov 2019 at 17:14hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday presided over the graduation ceremony of the Joint Command and Staff Course No.32 at the Zimbabwe Staff College in the capital.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony where he conferred certificates to 69 officers after the completion of their course which began in January this year, President Mnangagwa commended the Staff College for its ability to attract international students.

"I am informed that 43 officers were drawn from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), 10 from the Air Force of Zimbabwe, four from the Zimbabwe Republic Police, President's Department and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services respectively," he said.

"It is commendable that the Staff College is still attracting students from the SADC, Regional and International Allied Defence Forces who contributed a total of 12 students for the course," he added

The President also commended the college for its inclusive nature and for always reviewing its curriculum for best results.

"The composition of the Joint Command and Staff Course No.32 reflects the nature of the course which comprises varied security sector portfolios, nationalities, and gender," he said.

"Such inclusivity facilitates the cross-pollination of ideas, skills, and sharing of experiences to enhance our national security, that of the region and the continent as a whole.

"It is further pleasing to note that the curriculum of the Joint Command and Staff Course is constantly reviewed in line with contemporary threats and opportunities in the national defense and security architecture," said President Mnangagwa.

The President also noted that the college had partnered with local universities in a bid to maintain and improve professional and academic standards and called on other institutions of higher learning to partner with the staff college.

"It is also pleasing to note that in the college's quest to improve and maintain high professional and academic standards, it has partnered with the University of Zimbabwe and Chinhoyi University of Technology.

"I call upon all other institutions of higher learning, both local and foreign, the private sector included, and the Civil Society to partner with the Zimbabwe Staff College in areas of innovation, technology, policy research and analysis upon which pragmatic and rational strategy-related security decisions can be based," he said.

Source - the herald