Zambia needs modern military equipment, says Chama

By Staff Reporter

DEFENCE minister Davies Chama says Zambia is in the process of procuring modern equipment for its defence forces in the country.

According to a statement issued by press secretary at the Zambian mission in South Africa, Naomi Nyawali, Chama said the purchase would keep the defence forces abreast with modern developing trends on ground and air warfare capabilities.

He said this in Johannesburg, South Africa enroute to Cape Town where he is expected to attend that country’s Armed Forces Day on invitation of his South African counterpart. Chama said officers have been trained in operations depending on threat analysis in the country and the region.

“Zambia is collaborating closely with other SADC countries because she is the current chair on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to maintain peace in the region” he said. “This is being achieved through Joint Permanent Commissions (JPC) with member countries and about 800 Zambian soldiers and military observers have since been deployed in different countries on the African Continent and beyond to help maintain peace”.

The Minister said the soldiers had been deployed as part of the peace mission on a rotational basis as requested by the United Nations. Chama observed that some Zambian peace keepers were deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Lesotho and Southern Sudan among other countries requiring peace missions.