The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) will not hesitate to deal decisively with any forms of indiscipline which drag the image and reputation of the force into disrepute, a senior army official has said.
In a keynote address during the pass out of soldiers after the completion of a troop commander’s course at 1 Air Defence Regiment in Redcliff last Friday, Brigadier-General Godffrey Mupita said the level of indiscipline shown by some members of the army was worrying.
Brig-Gen Mupita said the move was in line with the army’s vision to uphold zero tolerance to any forms of indiscipline amongst the soldiers. “Remember always that discipline is the cornerstone of soldiering. The ZNA continues to uphold zero tolerance to any forms of indiscipline hence it promptly and decisively deal with any form of misbehaviour which tarnish its image and reputation,” said Brig General Mupita. He said drug abuse and irresponsible sexual behaviours were rampant among soldiers. “I therefore urge you to desist from disgraceful social habits like consumption or abuse of drugs, gold panning, irresponsible se_xual behaviours among other social ills,” he said.
Brig-Gen Mupita said training has remained a permanent feature and priority peace time assignment for the ZNA as it helps shape a disciplined soldier.
“Let me hasten to say a disciplined, tenacious and loyal force is a pride to its nation and envy of its enemies. Therefore, it is through continuous and gruelling training that the ZNA will achieve the Commander ZNA’s vision of a hard hitting force,” he said.