DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has said Zambia has a capable army with the ability to defend the country.
Speaking after he witnessed the ‘sound of war’ officer cadets’ battle demonstration yesterday at Tug Argan Barracks in Ndola, the minister said he was happy to see that the country had a well equipped army. “From what I have seen, you’re a capable army. We are able to defend ourselves,” he said.
He encouraged the army to continue with its intensive training, saying the Government was also committed to addressing the army’s plight in various units. Mr Mwamba said the officers should remain disciplined in the execution of their duties.
“We know your challenges, and we are going to address them. I have been briefed by the army commander about some of your challenges,” he said. He said the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was committed to making sure that every Zambian had a share in the national cake.
And Zambia army Commander Paul Mihova thanked the minister for witnessing and participating in the Sounds of War demonstration. Lieutenant General Mihova said the Zambia Army was next year going to conduct a much bigger war demonstration in Lukanga where the Commander-in-Chief President Michael Sata would be invited.
And the Army Commander thanked government for its commitment to addressing the plight of the army. “The officer cadets are passing out next month. We are happy that you came to see what we do in the barracks,” he said.
And Brigade Commander Milton Njolomba said some of the officers would be involved in planning and execution of war which is why it was important to initiate them to the sound of war. “It’s important to understand the weapons you are using so that you may use them correctly,” he said.
During the sound of war exercise, eight bombs were dropped by Zambia Air Force fighter jets. Each of the bombs cost K10 million. Other weapons were used to fire at target areas in the training area.
[Times of Zambia]