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HARARE, Nov 24 (nnn-new ziana) — Zimbabwean Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi says preservation of world peace is the responsibility of all nations and not just the few so-called superpowers.

The world is currently battling a terrorism scourge whose rise has been blamed on developed Western countries, including the United States, for their continued interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations. The terrorist organizations have killed hundreds of thousands of people across the world.

Addressing students who had completed a course in defence and security studies at the Zimbabwe Staff College here Monday, Dr Sekeramayi said there was need for collective effort in ensuring peace and stability in the world.

“Peace and stability is essential for socio-economic development and should not be dictated by a few as is now the case with some of the so-called superpowers,” he said.

“Instability in any part of the world, as the current global security trends attest, can have ripple effects across the globe and as such, there is need for collective effort in maintaining peace and stability.”

He said defence and security challenges were increasingly becoming complex, transcending national borders.

Forty students, including five from countries in the Southern African Development Community namely Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, took part in the course, which was aimed at equipping participants with skills and knowledge enabling them to comprehend the dynamic regional, continental and global defence and security trends.

Dr Sekeramayi said participation of regional defence forces in the diploma course, which is backed by the University of Zimbabwe, was crucial for the region’s security.

“The government of Zimbabwe cherishes the continued participation and involvement of regional military students in our training programs as this contributes towards fostering mutual cohesion while at the same time strengthening regional collective efforts in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation,” he said.

Participation of various local security agencies also created an environment for collaboration and sharing of ideas, he said.

Meanwhile University of Zimbabwe Vice-Chancellor Levy Nyagura said the course would next
year be upgraded to a degree programme. “We will make sure the programme takes off in 2016. The diploma is prestigious and of very high standard, that is why we are upgrading it to degree level.”

Professor Nyagura, who encouraged the defence forces to increase participation of female officers in the course, said a large number of military personnel were directly enrolled at UZ undertaking various degree programmes in areas such as law and public administration.

Of the 40 senior military officials who graduated, only seven were women. — NNN-NEW ZIANA

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