Minister of Defence Dr Sydney Sekeramayi has urged communities to engage the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) when they need help with ongoing projects. Dr Sekeramayi said that ZDF artisans have assisted in constructing schools, clinics, bridges as well as renovation of existing structures among other projects.
Said Dr Sekeramayi,
The Defence Forces’ primary constitutional obligation is to defend the country’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and vital national interests. In addition they also have non-military obligations.
The country is going through a time of peace but our biggest enemy is underdevelopment and poverty. Therefore, it is the duty of the defence forces to partner communities and fight this enemy. The defence forces will always be ready to assist and respond to any requests that come from any part of the country as it is their duty.
The main objective is to demonstrate that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is a people’s force being a product of the communities from where it recruits and gets its support. It is therefore in the interest of ZDF to ensure that they give back to these communities by helping improve their wellbeing whenever possible