PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has advised the military against falling into the temptation of being used by elements with intention of getting power through illegal and dubious means.

He said the year 2016 would be crucial for the defence and security forces as the country would be holding the general and presidential elections.

Speaking at the Zambia Army annual ball on the eve of the New Year, President Lungu said as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, it was his expectation that the military would continue executing their mandate of maintaining peace.

The President said the challenge for the military as the country was heading for the general elections was for them to remain professional, non-partisan and loyal to the country’s Constitution as well as the Government of the day and the people of Zambia.

President Lungu said Zambia was a peace-loving nation and it was therefore critical for the military to play their role in upholding the peace the country was enjoying.

The Head of State commended the defence forces for the critical role they played during the January presidential election following the death of President Michael Sata. He said the men and women in uniform worked tirelessly in ensuring that peace prevailed in the country during and after the presidential election in January which saw him voted into State House as the sixth Zambian President.

“I wish to remind you that the New Year will be crucial as we hold the general elections. As your Commander-in-Chief, I expect you to work even harder to maintain peace. The challenge ahead of you is to remain professional, non-partisan, loyal to the Zambian Constitution, the Government of the day and the people of Zambia.

‘‘Do not allow yourselves to be used by elements with intentions to get to power through illegal or dubious means,” President Lungu said. He said he was aware of the state of infrastructure in the Zambia Army and that Government was committed to ensuring that resources were made available for the military to attain the required professionalism.

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