PF says soldiers should explain subsidy removal

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has urged senior members of the defence forces to explain to their subordinates Government policies in particular the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize.

Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba said some senior defence officers retired in public and national interest were relieved of their duties largely because of disloyalty and indiscipline.He said this when he addressed security wings senior officers at the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Officers’ Mess in Chamba Valley in Lusaka yesterday.

He said Government removed subsidies on maize and fuel as they had proven to be a constraint on the State budget thereby reducing allocation to most needy areas of development.

“Therefore, it is the duty of all of you, as Generals, to explain Government policy to your subordinates so that they are not misled or indeed misinterpret the goodwill and intentions of the PF Government to develop Zambia,” Mr Mwamba said.

He said savings from the removal of subsidies would lessen the budget constraints and enable Government focus on a wider area of the economy, social welfare and infrastructure development in line with the Patriotic Front (PF) manifesto.

He said disloyalty created a fertile ground for indiscipline while discipline was a hallmark of the profession which officers took oath to uphold under any compelling circumstances.

He said the rationale behind the new retirement age proposal was arrived at following an observation that skilled manpower was lost at a time when it was most needed and difficult to immediately replace.

[Times of Zambia]

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