Villagers respond to army recruitment

By Mvelo Mthiyane Zondo


YOUTHS, mainly from Gwanda South District, have responded overwhelmingly to the
Zimbabwe National Army recruitment call as evidenced by the numbers flocking to the
District Development Co-ordinator’s office.
ZNA is recruiting suitably qualified candidates to be trained as general duty soldiers and
Officer Cadets to fill existing vacancies.
Part of the qualifications is to be a physically fit Zimbabwean citizen aged between 18 and 22
for “A” level holder, 18 and 24 for diploma and degree holders. Those falling under the
above categories of officer cadets must hold three “A” level passes with a minimum of six
points, while a diploma or a degree will be an added advantage.
As for general duty soldiers, five “O” levels including Mathematics and English with a grade
C or better is part of the minimum requirement. They must also pass a fitness test before
undergoing a six-month basic military training to pass out as private soldiers.
Gwanda acting District Development Co-ordinator, Thulani Moyo, said they were receiving a
positive response.
”I am to announce that youths from this region are responding well to the Government
employment opportunities. Of note is Gwanda South District.
“We have been receiving CVs from Gwanda South youths who are keen to join the army,”
said DDC Moyo as he urged more youths to take up this opportunity.
These youths who are keen to join the army could have been inspired by their fathers and
grandfathers who served in the army which liberated this country during earlier 1980s.
Villagers from this area can hardly forget the day when Manama pupils joined the struggle.
During that period their little known village, made its way into the history books of country’s
liberation struggle.
This was the day that saw hundreds of school children from the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Zimbabwe-owned Manama Mission and joined Zipra guerrillas and marched into
neighbouring Botswana, before crossing into Zambia, where they trained as freedom fighters.
Many regard this as the turning point of the liberation struggle as it saw thousands more black
Zimbabweans crossing over to either Zambia or Mozambique to train as freedom fighters to
help fight colonial bondage.

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