The Commander Zimbabwe Engineers, Colonel Aaron Edwards has urged soldiers to respect the marriage institution as it is the backbone of successful marriages. Speaking at a military wedding between Engineers Directorate Chief Clerk, Warrant Officer (Class One) Alexander Jombo and his wife Melody Tadu, on 20 April 2019 at 1 Commando Regiment, Colonel Edwards urged soldiers to go back to basics, where they used to attend military functions in the company of their spouses.
“I have been in marriage for the past 40 years and it has been our tradition in the military that when we go for gatherings or functions, we go with our spouses and that is how it should be. We should respect the institution of marriage,” he said.
Colonel Edwards urged commanders at all levels to encourage soldiers to stick to their spouses and strengthen the marriage bond. “That has always been my modus operandi that when I go anywhere, I always go with my wife and I would like to urge soldiers to do likewise. As commanders, we should do likewise, we should be exemplary,” he added.
The Chaplin General, Colonel Ashani Bwanale echoed the same sentiments, beseeching soldiers to go back to military traditions where they would include their spouses in military functions to enhance morale in the family.
“Please let us move back to our military tradition where we group up in messes. When we come for gatherings in messes, let us bring our wives. The basic line is to inculcate family unity and encourage couples in the military to attend functions as husbands and wives so that the morale of our troops will also be enhanced continuously,” he said.
Colonel Bwanale applauded the guest of honour for delivering a strong message as marriages form the backbone of strong armies.
“We want to thank the Guest of Honour Colonel Edwards who delivered the message that when soldiers come for military functions, they should bring their wives so that the espirit de corps of the mess will be enhanced. We want to emphasise that troops should bring their spouses to every function because what makes a strong army are strong families.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Allan Kuda Mushonga of 5 Engineers Squadron and Lieutenant Adelline Nyasha Marumha of 52 Infantry Battalion also tied the knot in holy matrimony on 04 May 2019 at 1 Commando Regiment. The deputy commander 5 Infantry Brigade, Colonel Jameson Bishi was the guest of honour at the wedding.