Army Commander Tells Zim Youths To Emulate Cecil John Rhodes

Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda called on youths to emulate the entrepreneurial skills of Cecil John Rhodes.

Rhodes came to South Africa as a young nonentity but went on to establish the British South Africa Company, a huge corporation which could fund the British Empire’s activities.

General Sibanda also called on youths to have a sense of patriotism and direction.

He said this while delivering his speech as guest of honour at the Young Farmers Association inaugural independence dinner in Harare last week. Said General Sibanda:

You should nurture good entrepreneurial skills and commitment such as those possessed by Cecil John Rhodes, who while in his 20s and 30s, incorporated the British South Africa Company (BSAC) and its subsidiaries that structured the trade of major commodities for international markets.

Most of our young people have lost their sense of patriotism and direction. Our people have also lost their sense of patriotism.

I don’t worship Rhodes but where we need to use him as an inspiration then let’s do so.

General Sibanda called upon the Ministry of Agriculture to support youths through programmes such as Command Farming.

More: NewZimbabwe

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Cecil John Rhodes was the founder of the British South Africa Company which was responsible for the colonisation of Zimbabwe in the 1890s. Rhodes was a British South African born on 5 July 1853 in England and died on 26 March 1902 in the Cape... Read More About Cecil John Rhodes

General Philip Valerio Sibanda is a Zimbabwean military general and the current Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Before that, Sibanda was the Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army a position he held from December 2003 to December 2017. He succeeded General Constantino Chiwenga as... Read More About Philip Valerio Sibanda

The British South Africa Company (BSAC) was a mercantile company incorporated on 29 October 1889 by a royal charter given by Lord Salisbury, the British prime minister, to Cecil Rhodes. The company was modeled on the East India Company and was expected to annex and... Read More About British South Africa Company


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