By Margaret Kamba
Zimbabwe Defence Forces is celebrating its 40th anniversary amidst tremendous work being done in the communities across the country.
The ZDF has been engaged various work including building of hospitals and schools and rescue missions during natural disasters such as the Cyclone Idai among other things.
Speaking in appreciation of the work being done by the ZDF, President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa highlighted the progress being made in the demining exercise across the country's borders.
Landmines were planted during the struggle for Zimbabwe's liberation by the Smith regime in order to deter the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe from crossing into the neighbouring countries to receive military training that would eventually lead to the country's independence.
Many families continue to suffer from the landmines losing limbs and lives many years after the colonial regime was overpowered.
"The National Mine Clearance Unit of the Zimbabwe National Army Engineer Corps is also making significant progress in clearing anti-personnel landmines laid by the Rhodesian Regime during the liberation struggle. These include areas along the Sango Border Post to Crooks
Corner Minefield," President Mnangagwa said.
"Government is committed to clear all landmines across the country to give full meaning to independence, freedom and development for the affected communities.
"I am aware of the sacrificial nature and service ethos of the Defence Forces, however, my administration remains determined to improve the salaries and conditions of service for our Forces.
Housing, transport and medical facilities among other requirements are being improved in recognition of the role and sacrifices made by our Defence Forces in the conduct of their duties.
"Mobility, requisite training equipment and Research and Development needs will be equally funded to ensure the modernisation and improvement of our national defence capabilities."
This year the day is being celebrated under the theme 'ZDF: Celebrating 40 Years of Excellent Service to the People.'