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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 08:45
Budget constraints send Zimbabwe soldiers home


03 February 2015 by defenceWeb


Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) soldiers have been told to spend every second month at home on paid leave in order to save money on food and other expenses at barracks, Zimbabwean media are reporting.


In 2014 the Army introduced two week breaks every month for soldiers in an effort to save money, according to The Independent, but is now expecting soldiers to take every second month off, although they may be recalled at short notice if needed.


The ZNA has experienced funding issues in the past – last year soldiers at Bulawayo’s Imbizo Barracks and 1 Brigade faced food shortages and there are also reports that retired soldiers are not receiving pensions and that service providers are not servicing the Army due to unreliable payment for services rendered. Soldiers have also had their pay dates delayed, most recently by almost a week in January this year.


Last year junior soldiers told the Zimbabwe Independent their superiors had ordered them to seek alternative accommodation when they are off duty. The move was meant to reduce the number of personnel staying in barracks, thereby cutting down on utility bills.


In early April, a parliamentary report on Defence and Home Affairs said that some soldiers have not been able to access healthcare because of the army’s debts. The report also stated that Zimbabwe’s security forces were failing to fulfil all their functions because of a lack of funds.


This year Zimbabwe’s armed forces received a record US$380 million budget, with the extra money set to go to the recruitment and training of more soldiers and acquisition of essential military equipment including new aircraft for the air force.


Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said in addition to recruitment, training, salaries and troop welfare expenditure, the defence force needs to be well-equipped in order to guarantee the safety of the country as it progresses towards economic revival.


“In the past few years, we have not provided for fresh (troop) recruitments in the budget which is bad. We also have not provided for training. An army which does not train will not be good for the country when needed most.


"The first line of defence in any country is a performing economy. Let us not take the peace and tranquillity that we enjoy in Zimbabwe for granted. It is there because we have a well-trained army.”


Chinamasa said the 2015 budget will also provide for a massive recruitment exercise which seeks to inject new and younger blood into the ranks of the national defence force.


Defence minister Sidney Sekeramayi said the $380 million budget is far too meagre and dismally failed to reflect the overall needs of the defence forces.

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7 janvier 2015 3 07 /01 /janvier /2015 17:45
Zimbabwe gets record $380 million defence budget for 2015


07 January 2015 by Oscar Nkala - defenceWeb


The Zimbabwe finance ministry has defended the record US$380 million budget it allocated to the ministry of defence this year saying the money is required to fund the recruitment and training of more soldiers and acquisition of essential military equipment including new aircraft for the air force.

Responding to opposition calls for a downward review of the budget, which is the highest ever allocated to a single ministry in the history of the country, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said the defence forces need to recruit and train thousands of new soldiers to ensure that the army is strong enough to deter internal and external security threats.


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25 juin 2013 2 25 /06 /juin /2013 17:45
SANDF hosts first SADC surveillance commanders’ course

25 June 2013 by defenceWeb/SA Soldier


In a first for the South African Defence Intelligence College (SADIC) officers from nine Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries have successfully completed a surveillance commanders’ course.


The eight week long course is designed to give the 17 junior officers attending the practical skills needed to become capable surveillance commanders at sub-unit level.


Working at squadron level course attendees went through battlefield surveillance followed by a command and control module before tackling the final modules of warfare and battlefield procedures.


This, SA Soldier said, equips them to apply and execute responsible drills as troop commanders.


Proof of the willingness of those on course wanting to learn came with a student average of 81% across all modules.


Zambian Major Edgar Musanse, course chairman, said on completion of the course that the training was the first of its kind to be presented for the SADC brigade.


“The officers before you have successfully acquired the knowledge to see the brigade effectively implement its role in the SADC region,” he told a certificate ceremony.


SA National Defence Force (SANDF) director: special acquisitions Brigadier General Raymond Moroane, urged course attendees to maintain contact saying it was “a crucial part” of strengthening bilateral ties and diplomatic co-operation among SADC members.


Apart from the host country, South Africa, other SADC member states represented at the first surveillance commanders’ course were Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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