Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says there is need to address challenges faced by the men and women in uniform in the country.
Mr Hichilema said the defence and security services have various challenges which needs attending to without fail.
He said Defence personal who include the Police, ZAF Officers, Zambia Army, ZNS and Intelligence Officers undertake risk missions to ensure that people do their jobs and sleep in peace.
Below is the official statement issued to the media.
Proper Support for our Service Personnel Must be Prioritised
We are fully aware of the challenges being faced by our men and women in uniform.
These are defence and security personnel in various wings from Zambia Police, Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force, Zambia National Service, and even the Office of the President.
These are men and women who are very critical to the well-being of the the nation as they undertake very risky operations, while most of us do our job and sleep in peace.
Many have also done the country proud in the execution of peacekeeping missions abroad.
Issues dear to our hearts that must be addressed without fail include the provision of rural hardship allowances, combat allowances and risk or exposure allowances, as well as full payments for their allowances when on peacekeeping missions abroad.
Recently, we had an ugly incident in Lusaka where a former army officer had to climb a communication tower to register his displeasure on delayed payment of claims to defence and security personal, both serving and retired.
We are also fully aware of the lack of school facilities in the newly built defence and security housing bases such as in ZAF Twin Palm, Lusaka West, and other areas forcing their children to endure lengthy and dangerous trips daily to go to schools at great cost to their families.
We also need to take care of the civilian personnel in the defence and security wings, for example in the provision of long service bonuses they used to get sometime back.
These are incentives that we truly believe are beneficial and can motivate our dedicated defence and security personnel to do even more for the betterment of this country and ensure the welfare of future generations.
There is no question about lacking resources, the problem is the lack of prioritisation by those in charge and the lack of understanding of local resource generation.