President Mnangagwa Promotes First Female To Air Vice Marshal

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Monday promoted Air Force of Zimbabwe senior officer Winnie Mandeya to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM) becoming the first woman to reach equivalent to a Major General in land forces.

As she assumed her new role, Mandeya committed herself to work for the well-being of Zimbabweans, especially on issues affecting women, their empowerment and inclusion, according to The Herald.

She was promoted along with fellow Air Commodore Patrick Moyo. The promotions are effective from July 1 and August 1 respectively.

Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces, General Philip Valerio Sibanda handed over the new insignia of her new rank AVM Mandeya.

The promotions were made in terms of the Defence Act, which gives the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces the right, when acting on the advice of the Defence Minister who acts on the advice of a force commander, to promote or temporarily appoint an officer to a higher rank.

Congratulating the promoted air vice marshals, General Sibanda said the elevation demonstrated the trust that the President had in the officers. He said:

The elevation means a higher responsibility that demands good judgment, discipline, loyalty and hard work.

AVM Mandeya called for more inclusion of women in all sectors of life. She said:

It should be our combined endeavour to sustain the growth of women’s involvement and ensure that it is socially inclusive. We must ensure that every section of our society, particularly the disadvantaged, are equal partners in, and beneficiaries of the development process.

I am fully aware of the great responsibilities placed on my humble shoulders.

She pledged to “continue to do the best” as she has “done before.”

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