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President Lungu commends the Zambia Defence Force for remaining politically neutral

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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.
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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President Hakainde Hichilema returns home on Monday

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has wrapped up his tour of duty in the United States of America.

And the President is today scheduled to depart the US for Lusaka after attending the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and holding a series of high-level bilateral and multilateral meetings.

In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya, President Hichilema and his entourage are scheduled to depart the US from Washington, D.C. Dulles International Airport.

Mr Bwalya said President Hichilema will arrive in Lusaka tomorrow, Monday, 27th September, 2021 at about 14:30 hours at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

“President Hichilema wrapped up his maiden official tour of duty to the U.S. on Sunday morning with a visit to the Abraham Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial sites,” he said.

Mr Bwalya said while in the U.S., the President delivered his keynote inaugural Address to the United Nations General Assembly, met Vice-President Kamala Harris at White House, including World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials in Washington DC among a series of other high level bilateral and multilateral engagements.

President Hichilema has been in the U.S. since last week Monday.

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President Hakainde Hichilema preaches peace at the UN General Assembly   

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has called on world leaders to work towards global peace and international cooperation.

In his first maiden speech at the United Nations, President Hichilema said although leaps and bounds have been made, in the area of peace, security and stability, there remain pockets of conflict in many regions of the world where guns have not been silenced.

“I am drawn to the prophetic inscription on the wall of the United Nations plaza, and I quote …they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more… Isaiah 2 verse 4-5 end of quote,” he said.

President Hichilema said challenges of extremism and international terrorism, cybercrime, asymmetric warfare proliferation of non-conventional weapons and organised crime should be stopped.

“As an international community, we need to continue to work together to address the root causes of these global threats through various national, regional and global mechanisms,” he said.

He said the foundation to sustainable economic growth and development is peace and stability adding that without peace and harmony, development cannot be attained.

The Head of State said Zambia will, therefore, continue to support national, regional and international initiatives aimed at promoting peace and security.

“In this vein, Zambia reaffirms its commitment to play an active role in the SADC mission in Mozambique aimed at restoring peace to the Cabo Delgado province. In addition, Zambia remains committed to the cause of the Lusaka master roadmap to silence the guns in Africa, an initiative being implemented by all African Union (AU) member states to promote peace and security, which has since been endorsed for extension for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2030,” he said.

President Hichilema called for continued support of the United Nations in silencing the guns in Africa and other continental initiatives.

He however expressed concern with the slow pace of negotiations on the United Nations Security Council reform which have continued without making much progress.

“Zambia, in this regard, wishes to reiterate the African common position, the “ezulwini consensus”, that calls for a more representative and democratic United Nations Security Council, in which Africa, like all other world regions, will be fairly represented,” he said.

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President Hakainde Hichilema makes his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has delivered his maiden speech at the United Nations assuring the international community his government’s commitment to restore macro-economic stability and put the country back on economic recovery.

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Hichilema said the new administration in Zambia is cognisant that a conducive governance environment is a precursor for the country’s political stability, security, economic growth and sustainable development.

He said his administration will work towards strengthening of oversight and governance institutions and ensure the independence and autonomy of the three arms of government, particularly the legislature and judiciary.

President Hichilema said the fight against corruption will be at the centre of our transformation agenda and this shall be executed with zero-tolerance.

“We shall also promote free media and an active civil society as they are critical in upholding checks and balances, human rights, liberties and freedoms.

President Hichilema said to sustain the growth, Zambia will dedicate efforts to guarantee a stable and predictable environment that will attract and protect local, regional and foreign direct investment as well as enhance local participation in the economy.

He further said to complement the efforts, Zambia has embarked on an ambitious economic and social transformation agenda with a view to creating equitable opportunities and poverty reduction for the Zambian people, especially the youth and women.

“In order to achieve this goal, our administration shall design and implement interventions aimed at inducing enhanced productivity in agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health and education as well as support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises,” President Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, President Hichilema said Zambia is committed to realising tangible growth and sustainable development.
He called for closer cooperation and support for capacity to adopt better, safer, climate change sensitive and modern methods of increased production and productivity.

President Hichilema said his administration established, the ministry of green economy and environment, to address issues of climate among other important issues concerning environmental sustainability.

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