President Edgar Lungu,  Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the  Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza

President Edgar Lungu says there can be no meaningful development without a strong military to promote peace and security.

And President Lungu has re-affirmed government’s commitment to continued investment in the defence force for protection of the country.

The President said this in Livingstone today when he commissioned the Zambia Air Force – ZAF – course 43 and 44 pass-out parade.

And President Lungu has challenged military personnel to utilise their ingenuity to help develop the country.

President Lungu says some of the most successful economies in the world have done so by harnessing the discipline and capable military human resource for economic development.

President Edgar Lungu,  Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the  Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu,  Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the  Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza

President Edgar Lungu,  Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the  Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu,  Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the  Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
President Edgar Lungu, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces with ZAF Commander Gen Eric Chimese at ZAF base during the Commissioning of and Wing Parade of Course 43and 44 on Friday pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza
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23 COMMENTS

  1. Good job Mr. President! Mr. Jealousy will not sleep tonight to see you doing well. Junior HaJealousies such as HaJayJay, HaLombe, Nose Demon, Spaka will die of Ichikonko!

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    • Putting on a military uniform when you are not military is a sign of insecurity, i remember when i was kid, and by any chance dad was away,if anybody knocks, on the door i would try by all means to mimic my dad’s voice out fear.

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    • This is president that has no idea of how to grow our manufacturing and industrial base…in all honesty what do the military in Zambian do? In Ethiopia, the military is engage in economic activity such as construction and farming

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    • Having simple minds is a very big problem. I am PF but pali va jealous pamene apa sure. Why were some people born negative in all areas of human endeavour kansi?

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    • Is true that he failed to finish his military kambilombilo training?

      If putin, trump, that North Korean guy with all their nuclear mighty can’t put on military fatigue, what is he trying to prove.

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  2. @Janet, they are jealousy because their father and mothers are jealousy too. That is why! He (The President) @Flaca used to be a cadet so he can love it! I love the uniform too! Jealousy, Ha? Hazaluza Hagain!

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  3. Zambia is one of the countries that spends more on military than on science and technology. Imagine what we can do with just 20% of the military budget. If we invest this in R&D, we can achieve a lot. This is what we need and not a strong military. Peace must be in our hearts and not in our arms! If you need more infor, I can send you an analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa military vs research budgets for the last 20 years. And we are surprised that we are still struggling with basic needs for our people. Research has shown that the more a country invests in Science R&D (I don’t just mean natural science here) the fast the pace of development. I know some may ask “What about the US, Russia, others with huge military budget?”. Yes but look at the inventions that come out of that? They have…

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    • Do you even know what percentage of the GDP goes to the Zambian military? And which Countries are you comparing Zambia to? The Cape Verd?

      I think people who talk like you never grew up in the 70s and 80s and wittinesed the horrors of being invaded by the apartheid regime and the Ian Smith military (remember the Green Leader?) And Zambia struggled to do anything about it because of an ill-equiped and weaker Air Force (you can watch YouTube videos on this you if you want to learn.)

      Trust me, the freedom you enjoy in Zambia today isn’t without a cost. And a person who want to order a gun for protection when “bandits” are already knocking at the door is a complete [email protected] Also if you don’t learn from history you are equally a [email protected]!

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  4. We need to increase the budget in defence if we had to have the best military equipment. America has spend around US $650 billion in defence and is the world’s biggest military defence spender. We need to aquire F16 Jet fighters, B52 bomber, hydrogen missiles that can reach 5000km, ballistic missiles, missile shields,scud missiles. We need to develop missiles that can reach North Korea.

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    • Zambia’s military only needs to be fully capable to defend mother Zambia. That is it’s mandate and philosophy. It was never invisioned as an “offensive” Force to dominate the region or for empire creation. so our military budget should be in line with the original vision for our military….a lean and mean military capable of defending Zambia from both domestic and foreign enemies. Not the stuff you are talking about here!

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  5. Skipper, wake up my friend we can’t even afford to pay civil servants on time. ECL just wants to create stranglehold over his “subjects”

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  6. Masalamuso, where there’s a will there’s a way. Our military needs more money to be pumped in budget. At least we need to pump in some good money in our defence. We need F16 fighter jets, B52 bomber Jets, Scud missiles, missiles shields, our military needs to start developing missiles that can go a range of 5000km. We need to pump in at least US7billion in our military. India the second world military biggest spender invested US $50billion. We can do better

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  7. No doubt, Edgar has an excellent posture and clothes suit him like bad…..He is tall, no stomach, lean no excess fat on his body…nice one Your Excellency….job well done too in commissioning the wings

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  8. Sadly, these Zambian Armed forces appear to be a personal collection of Zambians armed by Zambians, but earmarked to only uphold the law as seen in the eyes of edgar lungu.
    Let us be truthful: What is it that Zambians now have that is worth dying for as soldiers or as airmen, or as ZNS? Zambians only own 4 things currently: 1. NRC; 2. National Anthem; 3. One Zambia, One Nation Slogan, and 4. National Flag. Everything else the foreigners own! Indigenous Zambians are now spectators as the country become a looters’ paradise. They have nothing worth dying for. They have poverty, yes. This is what the ZP are busy defending against its eradication by hounding the opposition parties deemed to be a threat to the lootmasers disguised as a political party called the PF. Our armed forces are no…

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  9. Big budget for the weapons , Christian Nation ? Don’t cheat your self if you want to feed the soldiers for doing nothing feed them and let them get two or more wives even breaking other marriages because they have no manners . Plz share the resources equally ifyo mwatampa bupuba . Nigerian military with all big weapons failed to defend Nigerians from simple guys Boko Haram . Buy big weapons you will be the first casualty your Honor .

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  10. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LETS PUT ZAMBIA FIRST AND POLITICS AFTER. THOSE DEVELOPED NATIONS YOU ARE EXCITEDLY MENTIONING ARE FOUNDED AND BACKED BY STRONG SCIENTIFIC TEAMS THAT INCLUDES CIVILIAN AND MILITARY PERSONEL. US ARMY FUNDS RESEARCH LABS FOR PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND ENGINEERING. THE GREAT MIT(WHEELAR LABS FOR MISSILE SYSTEMS) IS ONE SUCH UNIVERSITY WHOSE INNOVATIONS BENEFIT THE DEFENSE FORCES. UNLIKE OUR FORCES, THEIR SYSTEM ENCOURAGES SKILLED PERSONEL INCLUDING CHEMISTS, PHYSICISTS, ENGINEERS AND OTHER SCIENTISTS IN THE ARMY AND NOT THE TRIBE OR CABRES OR CONNECTION ONE HAS. A HUGE BUDGET WITHOUT FOCUS ON SCIENCE AND INNOVATION WILL ONLY PROMOTE CONSUMPTION AND NOTHING COMES OUT OF IT EXCEPT RICH ARMY OFFICIALS. THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS NOT GOING TO HELP ANYONE EVEN AFTER 50YRS. WE NEED TO…

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