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Security forces have been implored to desist from mercenary mindset where they are motivated by monetary rewards compared to the need to secure their nation.

Speaking during the Zimbabwe National Army Commander’s shooting competition prize presentation at Cleveland Riffle range yesterday, Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, said monetary prizes were there to ensure competition existed among shootists.

“I do not want to train mercenaries here, do not participate in this competition so that you can win money but do so as a way of genuinely improving your shooting skills that will enable you to defend this nation. Yes, we reward you for coming tops but do not make money your motivator,” he said.

Lt Gen Sibanda said starting this year, seasoned shootists would participate on their own so as to give upcoming shootists a chance.

“In a bid to ensure fusion of the new blood, it was decided that from this year, seasoned firers compete on their own so that they do not crowd out new firers and this arrangement will remain in place for all future competitions.

“I want to challenge all riffle clubs to continuously field new firers in future competitions so as to ensure new competitors take part in this prestigious event,” he added.

He challenged the security officers to be determined in the wake of illegal sanctions imposed on the country by Britain and her allies.

“Your strength against the illegal sanctions will be a formidable weapon to our erstwhile detractors who continue to exploit weak avenues within our society in order to keep us divided as they pursue efforts to impose their puppets in power in our country.

“These competitions also portray a true reflection of the harmonious relationship that exist between our security services and the non-uniformed society,” he said.

The week long shooting competition saw shootists from the army, Prisons and correctional services, office of the president, civilian clubs competing for top awards which comprised cash, floating trophies and cellphones among others.

Private Isaac Tafirenyika emerged the best shootist while his Mechanised Brigade also scooped the overall best team in the Commander Zimbabwe National Army skill at arms meeting.

Source : The Herald