—Government has set Kawambwa District in Luapula Province as the National Headquarters for the newly created Marine Unit in the Zambia Army.
Luapula Province Minister, Benson Kapaya, says the Marine Unit has been established to provide military defence of the Country’s major water bodies such as Lake Mweru, Lake Tanganyika and the Zambezi River.
General Kapaya said this in Nchelenge when he met members of the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) at the Council Chambers.
He said the Military Unit will be used to deter incursions by some of the neighbouring soldiers who are in a habit of harassing Zambian citizens.
The provincial minister assured the nation that the Marines are a well-trained unit that will help boost the defence system of the country.
Some of Zambia’s water bodies that border with neighbouring countries have over the years been experiencing insecurity.
Recently, a Nchelenge man of Kilwa Island on Lake Mweru was shot dead at point blank range by a soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).