Mnangagwa confers new ranks to generals

Mnangagwa confers new ranks to generals
Published: 20 December 2017 (690 Views)
THE Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday conducted an investiture ceremony at his Munhumutapa offices, which saw him conferring new ranks to promoted army generals. The promotions were done in terms of Section 216 of the Constitution and the Defence Act.

Zimbabwe National Army (Commander) Lieutenant General Philip Valerio Sibanda was with immediate effect promoted to the rank of a full General. He becomes the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander taking over from General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga, who has retired pending redeployment. Gen Sibanda was replaced by Major- General Edzai Chimonyo as ZNA Commander.

President Mnangagwa promoted Maj-Gen Chimonyo to the rank of Lieutenant-General on assuming the new post.

Before the promotion Maj-Gen Chimonyo who was on secondment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Zimbabwe's Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania with multiple accreditation to the Republics of Burundi and Rwanda. Former Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri was conferred with the rank of Air Chief Marshal on retirement.

He is now Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister. Air Vice Marshal Elson Moyo was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and replaces Air Chief Marshal Shiri as AFZ commander.

Also conferred with a new rank was Major-General Engelbert Rugeje who became Lieutenant-General on retirement. Lt-Gen Rugeje was appointed Zanu-PF national political commissar at the revolutionary party's Extraordinary Congress last Friday.

Newly appointed Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Major- General Sibusiso Moyo was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General on retirement.

President Mnangagwa will confer him with the new rank later as he was away on Government business. Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, Lieutenants General Moyo and Rugeje remain part of the National Reserve Force. President Mnangagwa said the generals had been promoted for their commitment and dedication to duty.

"As your Commander-in-Chief I wish to say congratulations to you all for the ranks you have been promoted to as a result of your dedication, commitment and loyalty to the Republic of Zimbabwe," he said.

"There are so many officers in the Defence Forces, but you have been found fit to receive these promotions. I have no doubt that you will continue to be diligent, loyal and committed to your motherland, Zimbabwe. Wish you well." Gen Chiwenga, Defence Forces Service Commission secretary Mrs Pretty Sunguro and Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Ray Ndhlukula witnessed the investiture ceremony.

Gen Chiwenga later conferred new ranks to Brigadiers General David Sigauke, John Chris Mupande and Paul Chima who were promoted to the rank of Major-General by President Mnangagwa. Brig-Gen Hlanganani Dube who was also promoted in the same vein, was out of the country and will be conferred the new rank later.

Air Commodore Jasper Marangwanda was promoted to become an Air Vice Marshall. Gen Chiwenga said: "Join me congratulate the three generals and Air Vice Marshal who have been selected, through the boards established, for their hard work, loyalty and dedication to duty and love of their motherland."

He said the new promotions came with increased workload.

"The sky is the limit," Gen Chiwenga said. "You will now have more responsibilities as compared to your previous ranks and everyone will be watching to see the injection of this new blood in our Defence Forces." Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri is on leave pending retirement. Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga is the acting Commissioner-General.

- Herald

Tags: ZDF, Mnangagwa, Army,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Mudzingwa, Munawa not spent forces'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 91 Views

'Bond notes removal will stabilise prices'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 193 Views

Ex-cop jailed for impersonation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 118 Views

Female fraudster poses as Zimra official

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 118 Views

Mohadi speaks reconciliation

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 102 Views

Bulawayo residents threaten to sue town clerk

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 75 Views

Bosso Electoral Committee begins verification of nominees

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 57 Views

Mnangagwa fails to 'coup' cash crisis

by staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Mnangagwa plans economic revival

by Bloomberg | 21 January 2018 | 65 Views

'Postponement of polls out of the question'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 45 Views

Mnangagwa embarks on a charm offensive

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views

Who should be afraid of elections MDC-T or Zanu-PF?

by Bishop | 21 January 2018 | 91 Views

Majaivana unlikely to visit Zimbabwe anytime soon

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 73 Views

'Fake prophecies' haunts Makandiwa

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 111 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zimbabwe economic gospel to Davos

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 65 Views

Mnangagwa runs the rule on Cabinet

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Grace Mugabe's fancy vehicles in freak accident?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 116 Views

MPs to get cars for free

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 69 Views

Tsvangirai captured?

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 96 Views

Thomas Mapfumo heads to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 87 Views

Vendors prepared to fight the soldiers

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 111 Views

Mnangagwa, Chiwenga rift exposed

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2018 | 175 Views

Mnangagwa takes Zim pitch to the world

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 67 Views

Is Jah Prayzah strangling his own baby?

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 133 Views

SA construction firm eyes Matabeleland venture

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 56 Views

Mnangagwa sticks to his word, urges diaspora to register to vote

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 86 Views

Sex worker on the run after stabbing a client

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 January 2018 | 88 Views

Zanu PF strongholds have already rigged elections - analyst

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 53 Views

G40 will rally for Mujuru during elections - philosopher

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 91 Views

Setting the record straight on the political future of Mthwakazi

by staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 47 Views

ZimRights scales up BVR mobilisation

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 43 Views

Mnangagwa's final letter to Mugabe

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 101 Views

Chiyangwa's fight for life

by Stephen Jakes | 21 January 2018 | 129 Views

Mnangagwa faces internal revolt over polls

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 72 Views

Vendors give govt 48-hour ultimatum to create jobs

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2018 | 82 Views