THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has said prevailing challenges are a passing phase and the situation will normalise.
Speaking during the Ordinance and Transport Training School combined logistics courses graduation ceremony at Lookout Masuku Barracks on Thursday, ZNA Colonel Quartermaster Staff Colonel Hasha Mhlanga told soldiers to be resilient in the face of challenges.
“Having said this let me acknowledge the challenges you face during the course of your studies. Army Headquarters is aware of the problems. This is a passing phase and it will soon dawn and things will be back to normal,” he said.
Col Mhlanga hailed the army personnel for maintaining peace and stability in the country. He said even though a lot of activities are happening on the political front, the army must remain focused in order to carry out its duties professionally as it has a Constitution to defend and the land to jealously guard.
One hundred and eighty students drawn from the ZNA, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) and the Ministry of Defence graduated in eight courses including cookery, food and beverages management and equipment management and transport administration during yesterday’s graduation ceremony.
Meanwhile, 52 soldiers also graduated at the Lookout Masuku Barracks’ Military School of Music (MSM) on Wednesday after completing three music courses which prepared them for higher responsibilities in the music industry.
During the graduation ceremony, Col Mhlanga said the Military School of Music is directed by the army headquarters training branch to train the organisation’s bandsmen basic musical skills in line with the military band’s requirements.
He commended those who were graduating saying he was aware that their courses were run under adverse challenges but they managed to persevere to the end.
“I am informed that the courses were run under a fair share of challenges, the school has a critical shortage of personnel which greatly affected you during your practicals. I am also informed that you had a draw back on band instruments,” said Col Mhlanga.
“You also had a critical shortage of lecture rooms and urgently required new structures. Lastly, I have been also informed of such challenges like shortages of water and that you have gone without electricity for more than two months to date, efforts are being made to redress this anomaly.”