19 Feb 2018 19:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 FEB (NAMPA) The 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade at Keetmanshoop on Monday conducted a change of command parade with Brigadier General Epimacus Tsipingana Tshavuka handing over power to incoming Brigadier General Kashindi Eusebius yaKashindi.
The outgoing commander has two months left before his retirement and will spend the remaining period at the 26 Brigade at Grootfontein, from where YaKashindi just arrived.
Tsavuka in his departure speech thanked Chief of the Defence Force John Mutwa and Commander of the Land Force Major General (Rtd) Thomas Hamunyela for his promotion and appointment to his post at 12 Brigade.
He however expressed concern at the disparities in promotions in the Namibian Defence Force, whilst at the same time urging the troops to keep faith in that regard.
Even though not all are elevated, we know Babylon was not built in one day. May I raise my voice with great concern that promotion fever is real and worth listening to, some were not promoted since 2003, the majority being from 2006-2011 and the gap is widening, Tsavuka said.
The senior officer, who joined the 12 Brigade in March last year, said since his assignment, most responsibilities and tasks assigned to the brigade were successfully carried out.
These include rotational in-service training, conducting of aerial and ground patrol, specialisation and Southern African Development Community Standby pre-deployment training.
The brigade has also been involved in assisting civil authorities by providing transport for drought relief distributions, said Tsavuka.
YaKashindi said he was no stranger to the 12 Brigade as he served as Deputy Commander from November 2014 to December 2015 and was thus back home.
He said he would keep a sober mind that the NDF and Army policies, plans and directives are the orders to be served and implemented.
Defence Minister Penda yaNdakolo, who conducted a site visit during the occasion, in a short speech congratulated the two men and urged the soldiers to remain ready to respond to any call to action.