Science and technology critical in modern day territorial defense – President

by | Nov 25, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments



Hosia Mviringi


President Emmerson Mnangagwa has challenged the Defence Forces to embrace Science and Technology as a way to broaden national Security and military capabilities to meet contemporary security challenges.


Speaking today at the Graduation ceremony of the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 34 at Zimbabwe Staff College in Harare, President Mnangagwa said that it is imperative that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces adjusts to new world realities which entails the shift from conventional to Cyber warfare.


“Our capacity to deal with cyberspace based threats lies In developing a keen interest in technological developments, which have become a key determinant in the success of dealing with security challenges,” said President Mnangagwa.


President Mnangagwa said new technologies have brought new threats to countries across the world, which include terrorism, violent extremist activities and disinformation (fake news).


The President urged the Zimbabwe Defence Forces through the Zimbabwe Defence University to keep pushing frontiers in research and development in order keep abreast with modern military technological advancement.


“…In the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and what this will entail to modern-day warfare, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces must develop capabilities for creating inventions and ‘proudly Zimbabwean’ military products, hardware and software”,” President Mnangagwa said.


Zimbabwe has over the years been conducting the Joint Command Staff Courses involving local and Allied Defence Forces from friendly cooperative forces in the region.

This year’s course was different in that it only enrolled local participants due to travel restrictions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Mnangagwa commended the Zimbabwe Defence Forces for leaving an indelible mark at the Combined Joint African Exercise UHURU, which was jointly attended by Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.


The exercise was meant to refocus the collective regional role towards common values of peace and security.