Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses the commemoration ceremony of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day at the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, Aug. 10, 2021. In a speech to mark the 41st anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day on Tuesday, Mnangagwa applauded the men and women of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) for their dedication to the fight against the pandemic. (Photo by Shaun Jusa/Xinhua)
HARARE, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday commended the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) for its role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a speech to mark the 41st anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces Day on Tuesday, Mnangagwa applauded the men and women of the ZDF for their dedication to the fight against the pandemic.
"The ZDF has joined the fight against the pandemic through enforcement of lockdowns, secondment of health personnel to assist in the management of confirmed cases as well as the national vaccination program," Mnangagwa said, highlighting the ZDF's unwavering willpower, expert contribution and resolve.
He also praised the ZDF for safeguarding the country's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, saying the forces continue to play their part in the implementation of multi-dimensional policies with regard to a speedy recovery, modernization, industrialization, as well as equitable and sustainable development of Zimbabwe.
"Going forward, we must therefore consolidate the prevailing peace dividend and pull together in one direction as principled compatriots in building the Zimbabwe we all want," Mnangagwa said. Enditem