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THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) could, within two years, start offering degrees to all officer trainees, army commander, Lieutenant-General Phillip Valerio Sibanda has said.

Lt-Gen Sibanda said officers holding key positions must have the relevant qualifications adding it was important the army had “round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes”.

The army boss was speaking Wednesday at the National Defence College in Harare where he presented a paper the ZNA’s vision for the future.

“You may want to know that the army is working on introducing a degree programme for all officer cadets from 2016 covering the arts and sciences,” he said.

“It is a norm that manpower development programmes should follow a well-developed path for both officers and men in order to cement human resources knowledge.”

The degree programmes would likely be offered in conjunction with the Gweru-based Midlands State University which already works together with the Zimbabwe Military Academy (ZMA), also based in the provincial capital.

“As a matter of policy, all officers holding key positions should have done relevant courses, in other words round pegs in round holes and square pegs in square holes,” said the army chief.

“It is my desire to have an army with a solid and versatile leadership. Without sound leadership, the organisation is doomed.

“Leaders at all levels must have an understanding of the organisation they serve, a good understanding of the social, economic and political environment around them and a fair understanding of regional and world affairs.”

Lt-Gen Sibanda also lamented the impact of poor funding by government which has affected the maintenance of key equipment and infrastructure.

“The result has been that, despite having the best workshops in the country, the army has had to rely on subcontracting to have its vehicle fleet and technical equipment maintained,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe