Philip Valerio Sibanda

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Lt General
Philip Valerio Sibanda
General Commander - Zimbabwe National Army
Assumed office
December 2003
President Robert Mugabe
Preceded by General Constantine Chiwenga
Personal details
Born Southern Rhodesia
Nationality Zimbabwean
Profession Soldier, Military Commander

Lt General Philip Valerio Sibanda is the current Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army.[1]

The Zimbabwe National Army is the land based arm of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, formed at Zimbabwe's independence in 1980 following the integration of former members of the Rhodesian Army with Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army and Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) guerrilla movements (the armed wings of, respectively, Zimbabwe African National Union and Zimbabwe African People's Union).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lt General Sibanda was educated at Marist Brothers Dete in Dete.[3]

Rhodesian Bush War[edit]

During the Rhodesian Bush War, Philip Valerio Sibanda trained and served as a ZIPRA military combatant.


  1. ^ "The Zimbabwe National Amy". Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ Rasmussen, R. K., & Rubert, S. C., 1990. A Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Metuchen, NJ, USA
  3. ^ "Marist Old Students Association". MOSA Dete. Retrieved 2012-01-28.