President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is the Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), said the government is implementing a raft of measures to improve the welfare of ZDF members including constantly reviewing their remuneration, provision of institutional accommodation, and the expansion of Manyame Hospital to referral status.
Mnangagwa made the remarks while presiding over the 42nd Anniversary of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Tuesday, 9 August. He said:
Government is alive to the need to constantly review the remuneration and conditions of service for the uniformed forces, alongside those of the rest of the civil service.
In an effort to improve the welfare of ZDF members, Government has reinstated the Military Salary Concept and is also working on improving the transport and accommodation situation for the defence forces.
To date, buses have been provided to the ZDF and more will be disbursed in the future.
With regards to the provision of institutional accommodation, the ZDF is in the process of constructing housing units for members across the country.
During the period under review, the ZDF Construction Regiment completed 60 housing units at Dzivarasekwa, with an additional 90 at various stages of completion.
At Imbizo Barracks 30 out of the 44 blocks of units are under construction and expected to be complete by year-end.
In the same vein, Government has embraced new technology to speed up the provision of housing units.
A total of 130 Blocks of twelve (12) flats are under construction at Dzivarasekwa and at Imbizo Barracks.
Meanwhile, the construction of an Officer’s Mess at Jason Ziyapapa Moyo Air Force Base is expected to be complete by year-end.
Other projects underway include the renovation of 6 ZDF Camps namely; Charles Gumbo Barracks, 1 Air Defence Artillery Regiment, 1 Referral Hospital, 1.3 Reserve Force Battalion, 3.1 Combat Group and 3.3 Reserve Force Battalion.
Preparations for the construction of permanent structures at 1.3 and 3.3 Infantry Battalions in Plumtree and Chipinge, respectively, are ongoing.
Government is also keen on providing the ZDF with an efficient health delivery system through the expansion of Manyame Hospital to referral status. The project is now 95 per cent complete, with procurement of medical equipment underway.
Furthermore, my Government is implementing a raft of measures to instil confidence, strengthen demand for local currency and foster market discipline.