Be Non Partisan – Lungu Tells Soldiers
PRESIDENT Lungu has advised military personnel to resist the temptation of aligning themselves and participating in partisan politics in the run- up to next month’s general elections.
President Lungu, who is also Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces, warned that Zambia could plunge into chaos if men and women in uniform become partisan.
Mr Lungu said the defence personnel have a responsibility of protecting Zambia and the people irrespective of their political affiliation.
President Lungu said this in Kawambwa, Luapula Province yesterday during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Zambia Army Kala 48 Marine Barracks.
Government has engaged a construction company, Ashtrom Group, to build Kala Barracks as the first phase of the project.
The second phase involves the construction of operational military bases in Chienge, Nsumbu, Mpulungu, Siavonga and Kazungula districts.
The President challenged the soldiers and commandos at Kala 48 marine barracks to exhibit exemplary behaviour and be a shining example on the African continent and Zambia in particular.
President Lungu said Government will endeavour to safeguard and uphold peace and security and expects defence personnel to conduct themselves professionally.
The head of State also said the Ministry of Defence will recruit more soldiers after the general elections to fill gaps created by deaths and retirements.
Zambia Army Commander Paul Mihova commended Government for constructing a barracks in Kawambwa.
Lieutenant General Mihova said three additional barracks will be constructed in Solwezi, Muchinga and Choma districts.
Ashtrom Group chief executive officer Gil Gueron commended Government for awarding his company the contract to undertake the project.
First Lady Esther Lungu, Luapula Province Minister Benson Kapaya, Senior Chief Mwata Kazembe and Chieftainess Kanyembo were among hundreds of people who witnessed the ground breaking ceremony.