PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has instructed the Defence and Security wings to enhance the curriculum for all Armed and Security Forces by incorporating national unity and equality as a dedicated subject.

During the commissioning and wings parade of 472 Zambia Air Force (ZAF) officers in Livingstone, President Hichilema emphasised the importance of instilling messages of unity in young recruits as the primary defense against threats to peace and stability.

“It is the duty of military personnel to guard against issues of tribalism, separatism, and regionalism, as these vices have the potential to divide the country,” President Hichilema stated. 

He condemned divisive statements made by mature individuals based on tribe, asserting that such rhetoric should not be tolerated.

"These officers must promote harmony and exercise tolerance while avoiding toxic discourses that subjugate fellow citizens as inferior and unworthy, and instead uphold the principles of 'One Zambia, One Nation, and One People,'" President Hichilema declared. 

"As Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I have today directed that the curriculum of all Armed and Security Forces be enhanced to include national unity and equality as a subject."

Defence Minister Ambrose Lufuma highlighted the Defence Forces' contribution to the community through the agriculture sector, noting their efforts in farming for the nation to bolster food security.

Speaking at the same event, ZAF Commander Lieutenant General Oscar Nyoni addressed the newly commissioned officers stressing that military service transcends the uniform and requires professionalism and integrity.

 Nyoni urged the officers to maintain financial discipline and avoid social media drama.

"You need to be of good conduct in society as your behaviour represents the entire Air Force, and therefore people are looking up to you," Nyoni stated.

The event marked the commissioning of the largest number of officers in the Air Force since Independence, with representation from all 10 provinces of Zambia.

By Catherine Pule

Kalemba, May 31, 2024

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