Members of the Zimbabwe National Army have been urged to stay away from criminal activities as the force continues to experience an increase in members who are committing crime.
Addressing members of the ZNA at the prize giving ceremony of the Inter-formation and Unit Drill competitions seventh edition held at Headquarters 5 Infantry Brigade, Ngezi Barracks on Friday, Chief of Staff Quarter Master of staff Major General Hlanganani Dube expressed concern over criminal activities committed by some members of the ZNA.
The aim of the competitions was to assess the general standard of drill at formations and units of the ZNA as a whole.
“I strongly feel obliged to express the commander elements’ concern over repeated acts of indiscipline by some of our members.
“We continue to experience increase in members involved in crimes committed within and outside the organisation, such acts of indiscipline must end immediately,” said Dube.
The competitions were held under the theme “Inculcating Discipline Through Drill. Four Brigade from Masvingo became the overall winners out of a total of 36 platoons which were drawn from eight formations, two districts and four regiments.
Meanwhile, General Dube recognised the participation of women in competitions which is in line with the country’s gender policy that women should be treated as equal to men.
“Critical to note has been the deliberate emphasis on the participation of female members, such a development is welcome and resonates with the government’s drive for gender equality with the aim of providing equal opportunities to both male and female soldiers.
“Historically societies have always portrayed the military profession as a duty preserved for males due to gender stereotypes.
“However ZNA has made some tremendous achievements in gender equality in line with the National Gender policy,” said Dube.
Several prizes were won ranging from money, shields and trophies in different categories.