Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa said that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) should be honoured by all Zimbabweans for liberating the country from colonial bondage and defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity since independence in 1980.
In his 2022 Defence Forces’ Day message posted on his Twitter page, the former ICT Minister said ZDF has continued to serve the country selflessly even under extremely difficult circumstances and challenges. Pindula News is publishing Chamisa’s message in full.
1/22THE DEFENCE FORCES – A CITIZENS’ FORCE! Today is an important day, a historic day, one penned in the history of the birth of our nation Zimbabwe by the sacrifices and toil of many men, women and children who paid the ultimate price to liberate this nation.
2/22To our revered uniformed forces, to all our men and women in uniform of all ranks – top to bottom, we love and honour you all. I salute you, our dedicated men and women in uniform on the occasion of this special day, a day to celebrate our Defence Forces.
3/22 Indeed, I salute and duly acknowledge the unstinting and committed service that you, our patriotic security services, continue to render to our beloved beautiful country-Zimbabwe, even under extremely difficult circumstances and challenges.
4/22 Soldiers, like the Police Service, Prison Service and Intelligence Service are badges of patriotism, symbols of the State and embodiment of the collective will of a people. The security forces are above party politics. You stand for country not party.
5/22 Except in rare moments when partisan politics toxifies the esteemed Defence Forces establishment, I, with pride and honour, salute our men and women in uniform for their versatility and adeptness in defending national and regional security.
6/22 I like it when our forced sing, ‘We love Zimbabwe and all its wealth…Stand up ! ‘Tinoda Zimbabwe neupfumi hwayo hwose..Vana Mai nanaBaba ndimo mavari..Simuka Zimbabwe! ‘Sifuna iZimbabwe lenotho yayo yonke. Bobaba labomama yini abanikazi bomnotho weLizwe. Phakama Zimbabwe’
7/22 As a nation, we fought a just war of liberation and the dedication, sacrifice and patriotism of the sons and daughters of this land deserve our veneration and utmost respect. We are a liberation nation, a freedom nation and warrior nation and a God-fearing nation.
8/22 No country in the world has prospered & will ever prosper without a strong disciplined, progressive, well resourced, well paid, well fed and patriotic uniformed force behind it. Even the success of pre-colonial African states depended upon strong military support.
9/22 There are many examples in Africa and even in ZIMBABWE , the Mutapa State, the Rozvi Dynasty, the Zulu State, the Ndebele State and the Mandinka empire in WestAfrica (under Mansa Sundiata Keita, who founded the empire), to mention a few.
10/22 Whereas the courts are the guardians & guarantors of justice and rule of law, our security forces are the guarantors of our sovereignty, territorial integrity, citizens dignity and liberty. As our security forces you’re the protectors & defenders of our safety and security.
11/22 As the uniformed force you are the protector of our resources, protector of our heritage, protector of independence, protector of the citizens, protector of our people and indeed protectors of our sovereignty and dignity as a people. We recognize and cherish this vital role.
12/22 You do this for the benefit of your beloved country and not for the benefit of a political leader or individual politicians. Politicians come and go, serve and leave – but you are a permanent citizens’ institution. You are patriots. Patriotism is non-partisan.
13/22As citizens, we affirm our respect and honour to you our national pride. We salute you as one of our national institutions,a Citizens’ institution.And as patriotic men and women,you have volunteered to play a patriotic role in national identity,growth and self determination.
14/22 We are aware of your challenges, circumstances and predicament in resources, livelihoods and welfare. Nonetheless, as the citizens coalesce for change throughout the country, we commit to you that we will respect you and honour you for volunteering to serve us.
15/22 We honour and respect you by shaming and condemning those who seek to undermine the great you have been for our great country. We will honour and respect you by advocating and providing decent wages and living conditions commensurate with the pivotal and vital role you play
16/22 Above all, we advocate that you have a fair share of our resources, decent housing and title deeds. We’ll honour &respect you by condemning the unnecessary, unwarranted and unmerited purging or discrimination on tribal & patronage basis at the expense of merit and service.
17/22Most importantly,at an individual level you are part & parcel of the citizens. You are eminent citizens. As we coalesce for this historic change, we do so with you as citizens and together with your grandparents, parents children & all relatives scattered around the country.
18/22 We do so above all with you as the protectors & guarantors of citizens Freedoms.Right to free speech &association. No one should ever be imprisoned or persecuted for politics.I call for the cessation of hostilities & immediate release of all victims of political persecution.
19/22 We promise and commit that we will work well with you for the transformation, betterment and development of our great country as we build our great nation. The CITIZENS’ GOVERNMENT will be a patriotic government.
20/22 The Citizens Gvt will not go back on the values for which our veterans sacrificed.Values of Right to Self Deternination, Right to Vote, Rights to our mineral wealth, rights to land – With Title Deeds.We stand shoulder to shoulder with in serving of this great nation,
21/22 And rest assured, there is no reversal of the land acquisition, Our Citizens’ army must and shall be the strongest and well resourced army in the region. Every Zimbabwean must feel protected. We will put money and invest in our security -citizens’ security.
22/22 I salute you and the people of Zimbabwe who gave their children,their brothers and sisters,mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts to liberate and protect this great nation.Let’s build and work together for a better and prosperous Zimbabwe.God bless our Security Forces!