President Lungu commends the Zambia Defence Force

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President Edgar Lungu has commended the Defence Force for remaining politically neutral. The Head of State who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force,has urged the officers to continue being patriotic and loyal to the constitution, the government of the day and the people of Zambia.

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Speaking today during the commemoration of the 45th Zambia Defence Force day in Lusaka, President Lungu said officer must always place national interest above self interest.

“As commander-in-Chief, I am extremely proud of the immense sacrifices that the Zambia defence force continues to make of preserving and defending our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. I am equally happy that as Zambia defence force, you have continued to cooperate with other state organs and state institutions in fostering national development,” he said.

President Lungu also commended the officers for their contribution of troops to the United Nations and African Union missions.

He said their high discipline and professionalism exhibited during the UN missions can not go unnoticed.

“Let me also commend the force for your positive response to my government’s policy directive for you to engage in agricultural activities.It is gratifying to note that the Zambia army and the Zambia air force are now complementing the Zambia National Service in promoting agriculture by growing maize, rearing broiler chickens, livestock rearing and fish farming,” President Lungu said.

He said government remains committed to supporting the defence force in executing its military operations and other civilian roles effectively and efficiently.

President Lungu further said to achieve meaningful economic development, there is need for the defence force to actively participate in remodelling the country.

He said government has embarked on the modernisation of the defence force to bring it to the level of other modern defence forces as such government will continue to support the growth of the defence force by acquiring modern equipment to ensure efficient and effective operations.

“The acquisition of this modern equipment is a long time investment and at great cost to my government and the people of Zambia.Therefore, I, expect you to take care of this equipment by ensuring high standards of maintenance and safety,” he said.

The Commander in Chief of the defence forces also encouraged the officers to work with other nations with whom they can collaborate with, bilaterally, to exploit the possibility of benefitting from various training programmes.

“My government is alive to the critical issues facing the Zambia defence force personnel. we remain resolute to improving the working and living conditions of our men and women in uniform.Going forward, my government will continue to support the defence force long term infrastructure and human resource development programmes,” he said.

He said the force has continued to give exemplary service to the country,adding that their unequalled conduct has remained above board.

“I urge you to continue being patriotic and loyal to the constitution, the government of the day and the people of Zambia. you must always place national interest above self interest. Let me acknowledge the exceptional service the Zambia defence force continues to render to this great nation. you have not slackened in your national duty of fostering peace, unity and development. you have continued with your unequalled and selfless service by ensuring the safety of our territory,” President added.

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