President Lungu directs Siamunene to transform defence force

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by Zambia Army Commander Lt. General Paul Mihova during the official Launch of the 48 Marine Unit in Nchelenge , July 26,2015. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY

President Lungu has urged newly-appointed defence minister Richwell Siamunene to transform the defence force in Zambia.

President Lungu told Mr Siamunene that his appointment was critical because it was at a time when the defence force was undergoing modernisation.


The Head of State further said that Mr Siamunene was taking over as minister when Zambia was critically analysing the role of the defence force in the economy and during peace time.

President Lungu said this when he swore in Mr Siamunene and Mr James Kampyanga as defence minister and deputy minister of transport, works, supply and communication respectively at State House in Lusaka on August 13th.


Mr Lungu also advised Mr Kampyanga to work hard in his new portfolio by articulating and defending government policies and positions.

And newly-appointed Defence Minister Mr Siamunene appealed to people against his appointment not to fight the will of God who is the overall appointing authority.


“God has allowed this appointment and those who are against it were wasting their time. God fashioned it that I will occupy this position before I was formed in my mother’s womb. Service to the people of Zambia is what matters and not to an individual,” he said.

And Mr Siamunene has called on the youths in the country to support President Lungu’s efforts of developing the country through involvement of youths in national leadership.