By A Correspondent
Officers and men of the Zambia National Service must desist from engaging themselves in partisan politics as the country goes to the polls on 11 August, 2016, ZNS Commandant, Lieutenant General Nathan Mulenga has warned.
Speaking when he addressed servicemen in Central and Western Provinces based ZNS Units recently. Lt Gen Mulenga observed that the men and women in uniform were people of honour and vanguards to the nation whose mandate was to protect the interests of the Zambian people.
He said this mandate could not be effectively carried out if members of the defence and security wings took part in partisan politics of the country.
Gen. Mulenga said Zambians looked up to the officers and men in uniform to give them hope and, therefore, could not afford the luxury of endangering their aspirations by getting involved in active politics, thereby creating fertile ground for anarchy.
“You have a duty to keep and sustain the peace that our country has been renowned for over the years. As politicians will be jostling for political offices, come the campaign period, there will be a lot of maligning and mudslinging among themselves. Yours is to ensure that you remain above board and away from partisan politics,” he said.
Gen. Mulenga, however, assured the servicemen that they reserved the right to vote for their preferred candidate on the polling day as it was enshrined in the Constitution.
He, however, reminded the officers and men of their obligation to give their undivided loyalty to the government of the day and the current Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Gen Mulenga said there would only be one Commander-in-Chief at any given time, hence the need for them to remain loyal and patriotic to that one commander.
The Commandant was on his routine tours of ZNS Units in the two provinces to check on some projects currently being undertaken by the Zambia National Services.