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There is no US$400 Million Being Spent on Single Aircraft or Military Equipment-Defense PS

The Ministry of Defence has come out with guns blazing dismissing reports that government had acquired a US$400 million loan to procure an anti-missile VIP jet for President Edgar Lungu.

Defense Permanent Secretary Stardy Mwale said there no such amount being invested a single aircraft or military equipment.

FULL STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

14th October 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

PROVISION OF AIR SUPPORT TO THE PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA IS THE MANDATE OF THE ZAMBIA AIRFORCE

LUSAKA, (Sunday, 14th October 2018) — The Constitution of the Republic of Zambia mandates the Zambia Airforce (ZAF) to provide air support and maintenance of the highest standards of aviation security to the President and all government officials duly authorized to use the air assets of the State.

In this regard, to carry out this onerous constitutional mandate, the Zambia Airforce, in 2012, embarked on a programme to replace its aging fleet of transport and fighter aircraft and other associated air defence equipment. This procurement of aircraft and associated air assets is a lengthy process and still ongoing due to the time it takes to select appropriate aircraft and equipment and the laborious legal procedures in line with the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) Act.

The upgrading of our air defence system is in line with the mandate given to the Defence Modernization Committee, which was appointed by His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, May His Soul Rest in Peace. This Committee has regularly briefed His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia on the progress being made in the procurement process. Whenever budgetary allocations have been available, and procurement guidelines completed, we have, as an on-going process, purchased the required air and ground defence assets to respond to the defence and security needs of the country.

I therefore wish to inform the general public that information circulating regarding Zambia’s procurement of aircraft is not only misleading, but also manifestly malicious and designed to malign the reputation of the President and his government in general. I wish to stress that aviation security for the Head of State is not a function of State House but that of the Ministry of Defence through the Zambia Airforce as per its constitutional mandate.

The Zambia Airforce is the only State institution, which is mandated to provide air mobility to the Head of State and as such, ZAF remains the only procuring agent for government aircraft. This is the mandate ZAF has been carrying out since its inception in 1964 has supported all administrations as such.

Let me therefore stress that there is no US$400 million being spent on any single aircraft or military equipment as falsely and maliciously alleged by the Africa Confidential and other media platforms.

Again, in line with the Constitutional mandate of the Zambia Army, a decision was made to establish a Marine Unit for Special Forces domiciled at Kala Barracks in Kawambwa. The procurement process was done in full compliance with the ZPPA Act and this Unit for Special Forces was publicly launched by the President and the ground breaking ceremony was also a public function. This was also the case with the decision to upgrade the Mina Soko Military Hospital. So there no truth in the stories being peddled around on these two projects. Now that they are tired of attacking Chinese-financed projects, they have turned to attacking all procurement projects involving the State of Israel.

I wish to state also that defence procurement is just what it is, it is informed by geopolitical defence and security considerations. We are not going to tell you on a daily basis why this military unit is based here and not there. We are not going to tell you the configuration of our defence assets, capability and range of assets and why they are being bought. We cannot trivialize defence operations in the manner some are suggesting.

Mr. Stardy Mwale

PERMANET SECRETARY

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

28 Comments

  1. EDGAR LUNGU

    I don’t care whether its you Stardy Mwale or the Zambia Air force but as for me , I need an anti-misile jet an wel protected…foolish

  2. Chipata

    You must ask Kaiser and Sunday ,amose chanda

  3. peter mambwe

    Grassroot people are the ones suffering

  4. INSIDE ME

    They doe care of Zambians anymore, they are doing all they can such as building their settlements outside Zambia in preparation for asylums. Only God can fix Zambia

  5. pl

    Relax life is too short to b dull

  6. dragon

    As zambians we r sufering nd buying a jet costing such an amout.

  7. TOP G

    YOU ARE YET REFUSING ON CLEAR THINGS. WHAT’S WRONG WITH PF THUGS. MEANWHILE MORE AND MORE PROBLEMS TO COME IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THESE UNNECESSARY EXPENDITURES. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE CRYING FOR SALARY EARLIERS. BUT PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE LUXURY LIFE. IT IS SHAME.

  8. Skb

    PROPHETS of DOOM at it again. Let ZAF carry out their Noble mandate of mordenising our national security assets without POLITICAL stupid interference.

  9. Dr. Zimba Emmanuel.

    Yes. It is very true . Let zaf people do the best for this country. No stupid political should come in. I agree with you SKB.

  10. ECL.net

    Muzakamba muzalema agalu inu.WENYE NI WENYE .VAZOONA SIMUMANVELA AIMBWA IMWE.

  11. HH

    I wish it was me that’s why I want to force myself to state house aweee

  12. KAMBWILI

    iwe chi HH its me next time and not you fuck you

  13. MULIOKELA

    you guyts you are all cartoons im cuuming to state house kikikiki

  14. Royce De Five

    Let’s just wait for 2021so that when can whip the clap out of him, bayasana ba namnatiya

  15. Mpepo

    Zambia and its imaginary enemies. Who are these by the way that would require such expensive supersonic jets.

    Can the economy afford to maintain such expensive military hardware?

  16. KASAPO MUKOPA

    MILITARY EQUIPMEN IN ZAMBIA IS IMPORTANT.REASON BEING THAT WE ARE IN A GLOBE VILAGE OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY.PS BUY MORE

  17. Razor

    These are austerity measures otherwise we would have over inflated the price to even three times more under the guise of state security.

  18. GENIOUS SOGOLA JERE

    Imwe ba Mr election loosers why mungopontela lungu pankhani yama jet yosawoneka mumenso?
    Ngati yaliko yazawoneka,but am sure kulibe MUKAMBA chabe vamene munalota usiku chifukwa chogona njala nama ulesi yanu.

  19. GENIOUS SOGOLA JERE

    Bonse bonyoza ECL (PANYO panu).

  20. Čhìķş Ģ

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  21. Čhìķş Ģ

    I have no words…but anyway i luv ECL……..

  22. Kaunda k

    Lets sell mothr Zambia ad share equally.So that aliyense azibe koyenda.As 4me,its back 2 malawi with RB

  23. Mr. Bemba land is great

    Africa financial is acartel where upnd is involved they are doing every thing to mislead Tonga’s there is no way they can involve themselves in issues concerning security of the state they are going no where their campaign will escort. Hakainde up to the grave from 2014 just after the death of president. Sata the were very happy to see cobra go chagwa lungu will never cry chagwa go go go go go follow the wind of victory

  24. Kaunda k

    I was once in Chainama Hospital

  25. Top boy de mbwa

    My father can’t u see how your people are suffering because of you awe mwandi ba taata I can see u now confused with corruption , anyway its your time to flying .

  26. Louise wilson

    People don’t be Frustrated,like the (PS) stated!!that it’s a Mandatory given to the Defense modernization Committee!!!!!The Jet it’s for His excellence !!!!!Mr Edgar!!!…but for the Presidencies!!!!!! Don’t be Dull people!!!!! signed by the late Micheal Chilufya data!!!!!M.H.S.R.I.P.P.

  27. Spoiler

    The only enemy we should defend ourselves against is that which is in our mind.

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