Sibanda Hands Over Reins To New Zimbabwe National Army Commander

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Philip Valerio Sibanda, yesterday officially handed over command of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) to the new Commander Lieutenant-General Edzayi Chakanyuka Chimonyo at One Commando in Harare. General Sibanda served as commander of ZNA for 13 years.

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Officiating at the ceremony Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, who was also the chief witness of the handover, paid tribute to General Sibanda and urged him to serve well as ZDF commander. He also urged the incoming ZNA commander to work hard. Said Chiwenga:

I therefore call upon you to maintain the same vigour, dedication and allegiance in your new assignment as Commander ZDF. To the incoming Commander ZNA, your promotion and appointment was based on distinction and merit as you have shown great visionary leadership as a distinguished liberation fighter, decorated military commander and shrewd ambassador. As you assume a higher and more challenging assignment, I have no doubt that you take a leading role in further developing the ZNA into a reputable, competent, professional and highly disciplined force.

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Sibanda Hands Over Reins To New Zimbabwe National Army Commander