According to the Head of Delegation of the Zimbabwe Staff College, Colonel Teddy Ndlovu and the Chief Instructor of Joint Command and Staff Course, the purpose of the visit is to give an opportunity to future leaders/officers to learn from the special history of Rwanda to prevent the recurrence of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
“Rwanda has got a special history that we need to tap in and learn from in the future. It has seen genocide, went through it and managed to recover. In terms of satisfying the geopolitical studies of the College, it is very important that these officers understand the importance of security, learn lessons from failures of some international organizations during the Genocide”, Col Ndlovu said.
“Our Student-officers will use that knowledge, use the experiences to stop and prevent such occurrences,” he added.
The Zimbabwe Staff College delegation, composed of Students and Directing Staff from Botswana, China, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial and paid respect to the Victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi before heading to Rwanda Defence Force Headquarters.
At the RDF Headquarters, the delegation was received by the RDF Army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Jean Jacques Mupenzi and briefed later on RDF roles and organization.
During their study tour in Rwanda, the Zimbabwe Staff College delegation will also visit some RDF institutions in and out of Kigali.