Lieutenant-General, Ambassador
Edzai Chimonyo
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Edzai Absolom Chanyuka Chimonyo is a Zimbabwean military general and the current commander of the Zimbabwe National Army. He assumed his current position on the 18th of December 2017 when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He took over from General Philip Valerio Sibanda, who was promoted to be the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (CDF)


Before he was appointed as the Commander of the ZNA, Chimonyo was on secondment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Tanzania.

Handover Ceremonial

In March 2018, at a ceremony held at One Commando, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Philip Valerio Sibanda, officially handed over command of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) to Commander Lieutenant-General Edzayi Chimonyo. Vice President, Retired General Constantino Chiwenga witnessed the ceremony and indicated :

I, therefore, call upon you to maintain the same vigour, dedication and allegiance in your new assignment as Commander ZDF. To the incoming Commander ZNA, your promotion and appointment was based on distinction and merit as you have shown great visionary leadership as a distinguished liberation fighter, decorated military commander and shrewd ambassador. As you assume a higher and more challenging assignment, I have no doubt that you take a leading role in further developing the ZNA into a reputable, competent, professional and highly disciplined force. [1]

Health Problems

In December 2020 it was reported that Chimonyo had been airlifted to India. He was reportedly suffering from lung complications.[2]


  1. Sibanda Hands Over Reins To New Zimbabwe National Army Commander, PindulaNews, Published: 14 March 2018 , Retrieved: 15 March 2017
  2. ZNA Commander Flown To India For Medical Treatment, Pindula News, Published: December 13, 2020, Retrieved: December 13, 2020