Biola Siqhoza and Chariot Mbizi
The Commander Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Lieutenant General David Sigauke, officiated at two separate recruit passing-out parades that took place at Imbizo Barracks and Ngezi Barracks on 5 and 6 April 2023, respectively.
A total of 1975 recruits comprising1639 males and 336 females completed the Basic Military Training Course at Imbizo Barracks while 808 recruits comprising 661male and 147 female recruits
graduated at 53 Infantry Battalion Recruit Satellite Training Centre, Ngezi Barracks.
Speaking during the Passing-Out Parade at Imbizo Barracks, Lieutenant General Sigauke commended female recruits for matching their male counterparts in withstanding the gruelling training. He said the ZNA would continue to recruit more women into the force and called for women empowerment initiatives to ensure prosperity and inclusive growth.
“The organisation will continue to recruit and train more women as they have proven to be dedicated, competent and determined to serve the country. It is an indication that women are breaking the barriers into previously male dominated terrains.
“Pursuant to the gender mainstreaming thrust, the passing out of 336 female graduands is a clear testimony that the ZNA continues to give Equal opportunities to the girl child. You are aware that Zimbabwe is a signatory of international conventions that call for gender equality in all spheres of life,” said Lieutenant General Sigauke.
In his keynote address at Ngezi Barracks, Lieutenant General Sigauke told graduands to be vigilant and alive to the dangers of social media where there is disinformation and misinformation aimed at subverting the general populace.
“As you join your units you have a clearly defined command hierarchy starting from Section Commanders to Formation Commanders whom you should seek advice and guidance whenever you are bombarded with subversive information through social media,” he said.
Recruit Konjera Panashe scooped the Best Recruit award at Mbizo Barracks while Recruit Marenga Phillip topped was Best Recruit at 53 Infantry Battalion Recruit Satellite Training Centre.