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Remain non-partisan, defence forces urged

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
MINISTER of Defence Edgar Lungu has urged defence forces to remain non-partisan, steadfast and loyal to the government.
Mr Lungu told parliament in a policy statement on the estimates of revenue and expenditure for the Ministry of Defence on Thursday that it is important for the defence forces to be non-partisan.
“I will be failing in my duties if I do not commend our gallant men and women in uniform for their exemplary conduct,” Mr Lungu said.
He also disclosed that  Government will send a contingent of peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of Zambia’s contribution to international peace efforts.
The minister said Government will continue to fulfill its mandate of defending the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
And contributing to the estimate of revenue and expenditure for the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Mwandi MP Michael Kaingu (MMD) said poverty is a serious problem affecting people in rural areas.
Dr Kaingu said poverty can be fought through prudent use of Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
He, however, said most CDF projects in Mwandi have not been completed to date due to complicated guidelines on utilisation of the fund.
Mumbwa MP Brian Chituwo (MMD) proposed that the office of district commissioner should be abolished because it duplicates the roles of councils.




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