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ZAF Commander warns military personnel against GBV

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Zambia Air Force Commander, Colin Barry, has called on men and women in uniform to desist from involving themselves in gender based violence (GBV). Lieutenant General Barry said it is worrying that some men and women in uniform were involving themselves in GBV cases.

He described this act as unacceptable, adding that his command will not tolerate such indiscipline. He noted that GBV was a disturbance to the community and the country as a whole.

Lt. Gen. Barry said this during the official handover of the ZAF Twin Palm station administration office blocks in Lusaka yesterday.

“Let me take this opportunity and urge you men and women in uniform to stop involving yourselves in GBV cases. This is sad and lately I have been seeing reports of you. If it is not a woman being involved in GBV cases, then it is a man in uniform. This has to stop,” he said.

He pointed out that the men and women in uniform are supposed to be advocates of good morals and values and law breakers.

Lt. Gen. Barry has since reminded the military personnel that their foundations are rooted in discipline, military etiquette and customs.

“This uniform we wear comes not only with great authority but great responsibility. For this reason, I urge personnel to exhibit high levels of discipline on and off duty. At all times bear in mind that it is a privilege to wear this uniform and serve the people of Zambia,” he said.

The ZAF Commander also urged the men and women in uniform to remain professional and accountable in the discharge of their duties.

He said service men and women should discharge their duties diligently by observing standard operating procedures, adhering to procurement procedures and abiding by financial regulations.

Lt. Gen. Barry said in the same vain, accountability calls for integrity in work places.

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