24 January 2013

Zambia: State to Replace Obsolete Military Equipment

GOVERNMENT intends to modernise the Zambian defence forces' operations by replacing obsolete equipment, Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has said.

Mr Mwamba said Government would continue with all training programmes, to keep abreast with modern trends that would help Zambia compete favourably with other countries in military service delivery.

The minister said this during a familiarisation tour of Ndola-based military units.

"Government intends to modernise the defence force by replacing obsolete equipment with modern ones and intends to continue with training programmes to keep abreast with modern trends, so as to compete favourably with other countries in as far as service delivery is concerned," he said.

He said Government was working hard to address the various problems military personnel were facing.

He cited inadequate accommodation and transport, erratic disbursement of allowance claims and low manpower levels as some of the challenges that undermined progress of the men and women in uniform.

Mr Mwamba said Government would source funds to clear outstanding claims, rental arrears and other utility bills.

He urged officers to be professional and disciplined as they discharged their duties.

The units that the minister toured were One Commando Unit, Kalewa Barracks and Three Infantry Brigade Copperbelt Headquarters.

Mr Mwamba also toured the Defence force medical services offices in Itawa.

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