MINISTER of Defence Richwell Siamunene says there has been an overwhelming response of 168,119 people who have applied to join the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service.
At a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Siamunene advised the public that in view of the overwhelming response, Government has not yet concluded the recruitment process.
In a statement read for his by Deputy Minister of Defence Christopher Mulenga, Mr Siamunene said the short listing has not been completed.
Mr Siamunene said the public should, therefore, ignore information circulating to the effect that the recruitment exercise has been completed.
In August 2015, the Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and the Zambia National Service advertised for recruitment of military personnel, who include professionals in different disciplines.
“Following the advert, the public may wish to know that the response was overwhelming as a total of 168,119 applications were received. As a result of this huge response, the services required more time to scrutinise and analyse the applications in order to ensure that the best qualified applicants are selected,” Mr Siamunene said.
Names of applicants who will be shortlisted will be published in the daily papers for subsequent aptitude tests, medicals and physical fitness examinations.
“With the foregoing, the public should therefore ignore any information which has not been issued by the Ministry of Defence,” he said.