President Mnangagwa promotes 24 Zimbabwe National Army Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel


In a significant development, President Mnangagwa has promoted 24 Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel, effective from December 20, 2023, in accordance with the Defence Act.

The newly promoted Colonels are: T. Marufu, S. Chidemo, FBM Rwizi, S. Moyo, BB Malamba, J. Derera, S. Sibanda, J. Mabheka, A. Makaripe, L. Msipa, N. Mbinya, J. Mabaya, G. Mwagura, N. Mandaza, S. Taderera, INW Nyathi, L. Makomichi, S. Murombo, W. Mnagwiro, M. Muza, I. Mukaro, G. Mangisi, TC Nyagura, and S. Mlalazi.

An investiture ceremony was held at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks, where the newly promoted officers were officially conferred with their new ranks. Major General Emmanuel Matatu, the Chief of Staff Administration Staff, presided over the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Major General Matatu addressed the promoted Colonels, urging them to maintain their dedication, uphold the values and standards of the ZNA, and continue working diligently. He emphasized that discipline and professionalism are vital elements of the organization.

Speaking on behalf of Commander Zimbabwe National Army, Lieutenant General Anselem Nhamo Sanyatwe, Major General Matatu commended the newly promoted officers for their exemplary service and leadership. He highlighted their consistent contributions, commitment, and the trust and confidence placed in them by their superiors.

“This promotion reflects your true dedication and distinguished service to the organisation over many years. You have consistently demonstrated strong leadership, professionalism in your work and unwavering commitment to the organisation’s goals. This well-deserved recognition is a testament to your exemplary contributions and underscores the trust and confidence placed in you by your leadership.

“As you embark on your new role may this honour serve to re-energise you and inspire you to continue guiding the organisation from strength to strength. Your proven track record gives us every confidence that under your direction, new heights of excellency and achievement will be scaled,” said Major General Matatu.

Major General Matatu encouraged the Colonels to use their new roles as a source of inspiration and motivation to lead the organization to greater heights. He acknowledged their ability to guide and direct their subordinates, foster teamwork, and manage their careers effectively. Despite economic challenges and limited resources, Major General Matatu urged them to persevere and strive for excellence.

“Remember, as a leader you must have the ability to inspire, foster teamwork, direct and manage your teams to attain organisational goals. You have to train your subordinates and manage their careers as well as to understand their individual capabilities and needs. You should earn their respect and be exemplary in all you do,” said Major General Matatu.

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