ZNS ready to help Malawi


THE Zambia National Service (ZNS) says it will assist Malawi in her quest to establish the national service arm of the defence forces.
ZNS Commandant Lieutenant General Nathan Mulenga said his institution is ready and willing to help Malawi because of the long-standing strong relations and cooperation that exist between the defence forces of the two countries.
Gen Mulenga said this on Wednesday during a cocktail party hosted in his honour by the Malawi Defence Force at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission in Malawi, Chansa Kabwela.
Gen Mulenga hailed the bilateral ties between Zambia and Malawi defense forces which have seen many officers benefit from exchange training programmes at various military institutions in the two countries.
And Gen Mulenga said ZNS has been given additional responsibility in road infrastructure development following Government’s recent decision to move the Department of the Rural Roads Unit (RRU) from the Ministry of Works and Supply to the Ministry of Defence, under its wing.
He said the K400 million-worth heavy duty earth moving equipment which was handed over to ZNS by Government will supplement the Link Zambia 8,000 and the Pave Zambia 2000 road projects and further improve the road network countrywide.
And Malawi Defence Force Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Supuni Phiri said Malawi will not hesitate to seek assistance from the ZNS command once its plans of establishing the service reach an advanced stage.
Gen Mulenga and his entourage are in Malawi at the invitation of the Malawi Defence Forces.

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