Zambia Air Force Commander Lt General Eric Chimense says anything that claims lives is a threat to National Security and needs to be combated.
And Lt General Chimense has pledged continued military presence in Lusaka until the Cholera epidemic is contained.
He said Cholera has become a security threat because of the number of lives that have so far been lost.
Lt. Gen Chimense said according to the National Constitutionand the Defence code, the military is tasked to respond to any threat of National security threat saying the presence of the military in the city of Lusaka is justified.
“If you remember at one time we responded swiftly to a threat on food security when some unscrupulous people were smuggling maize out of Zambia, that is our role and a threat to national security may be economic, political , or an epidemic such as Cholera.”, Lt General Chimense said.
The Army commander also said that the military will not abandon the cleaning programme in town until the local authority and the general public find a way of sustaining the exercise.
He called on the general public to own the clean up campaign and ensure that they avoid indiscriminate disposal of garbage.
Lt Gen Chimense has since commended the troops for the good work they have done in collecting garbage and unblocking drainages.
He was speaking In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he is attending a Specialised Technical Committee meeting on Defence, Safety and Security.
And Lt Gen Chimense said Zambia remains committed in its role of fostering regional and continental peace.
He said the STC will mainly look at modalities of funding and sustaining an African Stand by force.
Lt General Chisense said Zambia supports initiatives by the African Union that states that Africa should find a way of resolving its own problems.
He says Zambia which has a record of being peaceful and will ensure that it supports these programmes through pledges from both the Zambia Army and the Air force.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Ms. Susan Sikaneta commended the defence forces for the drive against Cholera in Lusaka.
“Defence forces defend the people not only against aggression, conflict situation and war but go beyond by defending the people against diseases, poverty as well as enhancing the quality of life of the people by promoting industries and construction of infrastructure such as cities within cities that the defence forces has embarked on in Zambia,” Ms Sikaneta said.
Ms Sikaneta who is also Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union also commended the Commander in Chief, His Excellency President Edgar LUNGU for directing the defence forces to help clean up the city.
She said every peace loving Zambian should rally behind President Lungu, the Defence forces and the local authorities in maintain cleanliness and hygiene in Zambia.
“As a Christian Nation, we should all know from the teaching of the word that cleanliness is next to godliness”.
Before the Clean UP
After the Clean UP
Piles of Destroyed Stands
Pictures Courtesy of Jean Mandela