17 Jan 2015 18:20pm
RUNDU, 17 JAN (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba wishes to see more women joining the cadet training programme to become Officers Corps in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).
He said this during the graduation ceremony of the seventh intake of regular commissioning course in Rundu, Kavango East Region on Friday.
Out of the 53 graduates, only eight are women.
The 17-month training course was the second of its kind since the Pohamba, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the NDF, came into office some 10 years ago.
The graduates are from different NDF service branches: army, air force and navy.
I want to see more women become commanders and staff officers within the structures of our armed forces, he added.
Pohamba said the grueling training and hard work of the graduates have now paid off.
You stand here today, having earned the title as officers and leaders in our Defence Force
as armed forces around the world combat complex global threats, we need to build partnerships regionally and across the world, said the Commander-in-Chief.
He said the peace and stability that Namibians continue to enjoy as a nation should be sustained and guarded at all times.
You have been chosen by your country to lead your fellow men and women. There is no greater honour that your country can bestow upon any of its citizens, than defending and protecting Namibias interests, he emphasised.
According to the president, the government will continue to provide necessary support to the armed forces and ensure that best equipment and facilities are placed at their disposal in the discharge of the graduates duties, in the country and outside in line with United Nations and African Union Charters.
As you leave this parade ground today, the nation is assured that you are well prepared as any of the generations before you, said Pohamba.
The training programme is applied in terms of the mutual agreement between Zimbabwe and Namibia which was signed in 2003.
Pohamba said such agreement paved the way for the harmonisation of syllabi by the training teams from Namibia and the Zimbabwe Military Training Team (ZMTT), adding that it demonstrates continued strengthening of historic bilateral ties between the two neighbours.
He also thanked President Robert Mugabe and other Zimbabweans for continued support to Namibia in different sectors.
Pohamba then encouraged the graduates to become exemplary leaders and mentors worthy of the NDF traditions and of their country.
Wherever you go, work hard to make your family and your regiment, your Defence Force and your country proud at all times, said the president.