The Army’s Morale On Low Note – Defence Minister

Defence and War Veterans Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said that the morale of the army is very low owing to a number of issues attributed to the worsening socio-economic crisis in the country.

She made the remarks when she appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio portfolio committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services. She added:

ZDF medical personnel have been deployed alongside their ministry of Health and Child Care counterparts in manning the various medical institutions … and … are highly exposed to the risk of contracting Covid-19 due to their interaction with many people whose status is unknown, both in law enforcement and medical duties.
Thus, constraints, such as the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) are serious challenges to their effectiveness and safety.
Inadequate funding for food, transport, fuel and kitting, which became perennial after the imposition of illegal sanctions, also take their toll on both the morale of troops and effectiveness.
Muchinguri-Kashiri also said that there was a shortage of institutional accommodation forcing the armed forces to frequent their homes.
Military strategists have over the years emphasised that soldiers’ morale is essential for the accomplishment of missions adding that low morale can manifest in desertion, revolt, psychological issues and absenteeism.
Therefore the level of the Zimbabwean army’s morale as suggested by the minister is threatening the prevailing peace and security.

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3 comments on “The Army’s Morale On Low Note – Defence Minister

  1. There are other things that are threatening the peace and security of this country, things that are bigger and more important than the army. If you don’t know what they are then you are either very thick or you are a full-on ZanuPf stalwart .

  2. whose problem is it? they created it. Now live with it, WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE DIAMOND MONEY FROM THEIR MINES????

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