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Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces
Philip Valerio Sibanda

since 18 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Reports to Minister of Defence
Appointer President of Zimbabwe

The Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and the national defence organisations.

List of chiefs[]

Heads of the Rhodesian Armed Forces[]

Head Took office Left office Time in office Ref
?'1965197711–12 years
?Walls, PeterLieutenant general Peter Walls GLM, DCD, MBE
197719802–3 years[1][2]
?Maclean, AndrewGeneral Andrew Lockhart Charles Maclean198019810–1 years

Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces[]

Commander Took office Left office Time in office Ref
Solomon Mujuru
Mujuru, SolomonGeneral Solomon Mujuru
1981199210–11 years.
Vitalis Zvinavashe
Zvinavashe, VitalisGeneral Vitalis Zvinavashe
July 199431 December 20039 years, 5 months[3]
Constantino Chiwenga
Chiwenga, ConstantinoGeneral Constantino Chiwenga
(born 1956)
1 January 200419 December 201713 years, 352 days[4]
Philip Valerio Sibanda
Sibanda, Philip ValerioGeneral Philip Valerio Sibanda19 December 2017Incumbent3 years, 267 days.



  1. Peter Abbott and Philip Botham. Modern African Wars (1): Rhodesia 1965-80, 1986. Page 11.
  2. Wood, J. R. T. 'So Far and No Further!' Rhodesia's Bid for Independence During the Retreat from Empire 1959, 2005, p. 244
  3. Mataire, Lovemore (1 December 2003). "Chiwenga Appointed ZDF Commander". Harare: The Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2018. 
  4. "Zimbabwe general who led coup against Mugabe sworn in as VP". 28 December 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2018. 

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