The approval of the Defence Amendment Bill saw the
setting up of a single command for the Defence Forces in 1993.
Rtd General Vitalis Zvinavashe became the first commander of the
Zimbabwe Defence Forces, with the commanders of both the Army
and the Air force falling under his command. Following his retirement
in December 2003, General Constantine Chiwenga, was promoted and
appointed Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces. Lieutenant General
P. V. Sibanda replaced him as Commander of the army.
In order to streamline its operations, ZDF Headquarters is divided
into the following departments; Command Element, Operations and
Plans, Operations Requirements, Medical Services, Support and
Careers, Finance, Logistics, Programmes, Reserve Force, Policy,PR,and
International Affairs, Protocol, ZDF HQ Camp and Defence Intelligence.
THE DEFENCE FORCES VISION
To provide the nation with a Defence Force that is more responsive, versatile, strong, resilient, sustainable and a source of pride for the nation.
THE DEFENCE FORCES MISSION STATEMENT
To provide the defence and protection of the country's territorial integrity and national sovereignty over its land, natural resources, and air space against external aggression and sabotage by enemy forces and to lend military cooperation to organizations to which Zimbabwe is a member.
DEFENCE FORCES VALUES
Loyalty, duty consciousness, respect, selfless service, honour, integrity and courage.
ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE ZIMBABWE DEFENCE FORCES
The roles and functions of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces are:
- To ensure the protection and security of Zimbabwe's territorial
integrity and independence.
- To provide military aid to civil power and civil authorities
- To provide military support to promote Zimbabwe's economic,
political and social interests.
- To fulfill international obligations and responsibilities
with regard to international treaties and other states in the
field of support operations, collective security, confidence
and security building measures and humanitarian relief activities.