GWERU: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for an agile and evolved training architecture within the Zimbabwe Military Academy which embraces changes in technology.
Speaking during the commissioning parade of Regular Officer Cadets Course 3/37/19 of the Zimbabwe Military Academy where 138 officer cadets graduated, President Mnangagwa said there was need for continuous improvement on the part of the Regular Officer Cadets graduands both militarily and academically.
34 of the graduates were female.
President Mnangagwa said the graduating cadets were entering a world where unprecedented technological advancement has changed the character of warfare.
“Technology is also an important ingredient for a knowledge driven economy as envisioned in the National Development Strategy 1. In this regard, I challenge you the graduands as the future military leaders to embrace this new body of knowledge.
“Over and above this, I urge the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to harness their diverse technological skills and competencies to innovate and develop products for use in the civilian sphere. As the military, you are well capable of filling some of the technological, knowledge and skills gaps in various sectors of the economy,” President Mnangagwa said.
He also said that he expected that officers, men and women of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces remain capable and skilful guarantors of the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, national peace, security and interests.
“These are essential pre-requisites for development. This presents opportunity, as well as new dangers and threats.
“You are therefore graduating into a world where many of the old ways of doing business don’t hold up, more so in the aftermath of the painful and ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.
Six outstanding graduands who excelled in the Midlands State University and Regular Officer Cadets Course were awarded with prizes.