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We’ll guard nation’s peace – Siamunene

DEFENCE Minister Richwell Siamunene (right) leaves the Defence Services Command and Staff College after opening the 19th command course in Lusaka yesterday. On the left is Zambia Army secretary brigadier general William Sikazwe. PICTURE: STAFRANCE ZULU

MINISTER of Defence Richwell Siamunene says government will continue to guard the peace and security the country enjoys because it is significant for economic development.
Mr Siamunene said it is not possible for any country to develop and prosper in the absence of peace and stability.
The minister said this in Lusaka yesterday when he opened the 19th command course at the Zambia Defence Services Staff College.
“Peace, security and stability are a prerequisite to regional and continental economic development and integration. The scourge of conflicts in the African region constitutes a major impediment to socio-economic development of the continent.
“In pursuance of this course, we are laying a solid foundation for peace and stability, which are essential pre-requisites for the promotion of economic growth. Without peace and stability, it is not possible for a country to develop and prosper,” Mr Siamunene said.
He challenged the defence services in the country to move with the times and acquaint themselves with modern trends to tackle emerging global challenges.
Mr Siamunene also called on the defence personnel in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to continue playing a pivotal role of maintaining peace and security in the region.
And college commandant Dennis Sitali said the course is facing financial challenges which need go\vernment attention.
Brigadier General Sitali also said the 19 command course has attracted 54 students from Zambia and other SADC countries.
He also assured that college will remain committed to contributing to Africa through the development and transformation of military education in support of multi-dimensional peace support services.

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