Defence and security staff demonstrating during this year's Independence celebration in Kabwe
Defence and security staff demonstrating during this year’s Independence celebration in Kabwe

The UK Government and Zambia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding about the provision of UK military training and support to the Zambian Armed Forces.

The Acting British High Commissioner, Sean Melbourne, and Ms Rose Salukatula, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence signed the MoU in Lusaka today.

Mr Melbourne said:

“I am delighted to sign this MOU today on behalf of the UK Government. This will help underpin our bilateral defence relationship and enhance cooperation in several areas. In particular, the UK Government will support Zambia’s valuable peacekeeping efforts in the Central African Republic ahead of the deployment of the second Zambian battalion next year”.

The acting High Commissioner also thanked the Zambian government for accrediting Colonel Ian Mills as the United Kingdom’s Defence Attaché to Zambia at a ceremony presided over by the Deputy Minister of Defence Christopher Mulenga in Lusaka on 6 October 2015.

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  1. It seems to me that the Zambian Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defense and the Acting British High Commissioner were having their afternoon tea and some scones when they ran out of thing thing to talk about. So they decided to conjure up this meaningless rubbish and they named it a memorandum of understanding. Rubbish piled on top of rubbish.

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  2. Some cheap scam to be paying Zambian taxpayers money to british military “consultants” . You want real training go to Russia or China.

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  3. I guess if you want your military trained as thugs (i.e. Tianenman Square massacre) then Chinese training is a good option. If you want your troops to be a little more considerate then choose Russia. If you want training that understands the rights of the people and that thuggery in uniform is punishable by law then choose the British!

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  4. Lt. Col. Ian Mills joined the British Army in May 1979 as a Trooper in the Queens Own Hussars – Royal Armoured Corps. After serving in Germany and England in the ranks for 7 years, he attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet. In April 1987, he was commission into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps (later to be amalgamated with 4 other Corps to become the Royal Logistic Corps). Since attending a Young Officers Course in 1987, he spent 2 years in Berlin during a relatively exciting period immediately prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union. Between 1989 and 1990 he attended ammunition technical officer training at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham and the Army School of Ammunition, Kineton. His first posting was to the Base Ammo Depot in Longtown,…

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  5. No military trainings zambia needs as it is not at war or facing threats. Train economists and engineers that can lift the country to prosperity.

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  6. Dear Kanjimaano, Zambia has an army which still needs training.
    Threats will occur – either externally or – more probably internally. The point I was making is that Zambia’s military needs to accept the insight of others. To not try to better ones-self – either as an institution or as an individual, suggests complacency at best, which can affect standards along with attitudes! Life is a learning curve. We must strive to improve or else we (by inference) are on the decline!

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