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Government considering engaging all its three wings of the Ministry of Defense into production


Government says it is strategically considering engaging all its three wings of the Ministry of Defense into production especially during the time when there is peace in the country.

Minister of Defense, Ambrose Lufuma says there is need for the Zambia National Service (ZNS), Zambia Army and Zambia Air Force (ZAF) to be fully engaged and be the leaders in production in the country to enhance development.

Mr. Lufuma who is on a familiarization tour of general operations of the defense forces and checking on the welfare of men and women in uniform in Western Province, said this when he paid a courtesy call on Provincial Permanent Secretary, Simomo Akapelwa in Mongu.

Mr. Lufuma observed that the military is already well organised and that apart from ZNS which is engaged in agriculture, there was need for all the defense wings to also venture into manufacturing, tourism and transportation, among others, so as to emulate countries like Egypt and Rwanda that are performing well.

‘’As defense forces, we can only succeed in production through serious orientation and bringing on board everyone from top command to the least person,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Akapelwa praised the Ministry of Defense for establishing an army post in Shangombo District that restored confidence to the government due to a debate on a border line between people of Angola and Zambia.

‘’I also applaud the Ministry of Defense for quickly moving in when asked to provide road and air transport in delivering relief food, Food Reserve Agency (FRA) stocks and in national exercises such as census and elections,’’ Mr. Akapelwa said.

He also said engaging defense forces in production was a good idea and this required training a lot of personnel in engineering.


  1. F00Iishness. You have failed to run the economy and fulfill lies you promised Zambians. Now you are forcing others to help you run the economy. No one in army signed up to that. Don’t mess with army you will be kicked out

  2. coming to think of it, with the military personnel job descriptions be changed or they are going to be ordered to go farming. Try doing this to ZAF men. If there are people that needs to be taken farming, it is the UPND police.

  3. What are they going to produce on the battlefield? but Mu Zambia chabe…ushe ku sikulu myendela chani?

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