Zimbabwe to confer honors and awards to Civilians

by | Jul 21, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

Alex Ndhlovu

Government of Zimbabwe has extended the honor and awards of excellence to the civil servants and civilians. Previously the honors and awards were limited to the the Uniformed forces only.

The awards will be conferred during the Heroes and Defence commemoration day.

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa confirmed this in a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

“Cabinet considered and approved the Nominees for the 2021 Honours and Awards in terms of the Honours and Awards Act [Chapter 10:11], which were presented by the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga.

Cabinet wishes to inform the public that the Government is now changing the system of conferring honours and awards. In the past, honours and awards were only conferred to the uniformed forces.  Going forward, the system of conferring honours and awards is now being extended to civil servants and civilians as a defining characteristic of the Second Republic, where the national interest and selfless sacrifice for the good of humankind    is extolled. These honours and awards will be conferred during the Heroes and Defence Forces Day in line with provisions of the Honours and Awards  Act[Chapter 10:11],” she said

The Zimbabwean honours system was instituted in late 1980 to replace the Rhodesian honours system. The first award that was instituted was the Independence Medal, which was awarded to those who were involved in the Zimbabwean independence commemorations in some way. The Zimbabwean honours system includes a range of orders, gallantry decorations, gallantry medals, and service medals.

The Gold Cross of Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe’s highest military decoration awarded for conspicuous valour by members of the Security Forces in combat. It replaced the Grand Cross of Valour in October 1980.