President Rupiah Banda says in the morning he made mistakes in the actual ranks of commanders he appointed.
During the swearing in ceremony of the commanders later in the afternoon, president Banda made clarifications by giving some of the new commanders a rank above the one he announced in the morning.
“In the morning I announced the appointment and promotions of defence and security chiefs at my press briefing. I wish to clarify their respective ranks as follows, said the president.
He then made the following statement:
1. ARMY COMMANDER
I HAVE ELEVATED BRIGADIER GENERAL W.M. LOPA TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL.
2. DEPUTY ARMY COMMANDER
I HAVE ELEVATED COLONEL V.M. MUKANDA TO THE RANK OF MAJOR GENERAL.
3. ZAMBIA AIR FORCE COMMANDER
I HAVE ELEVATED BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW SAKALA TO THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL.
4. DEPUTY AIR COMMANDER
I HAVE ELEVATED BRIGADIER GENERAL MONTA J. CHILESHE TO THE RANK OF MAJOR GENERAL.
5. ZAMBIA NATIONAL SERVICE COMMANDANT
I HAVE ELEVATED BRIGADIER GENERAL YETA TO THE RANK OF MAJOR GENERAL.
6. DEPUTY COMMANDANT ZAMBIA NATIONAL SERVICE
AND FINALLY THE DEPUTY COMMANDANT IS BRIGADIER GENERAL NATHAN MULENGA.
In the morning he said the following:
I have retired General I.S. Chisuzi, Zambia Army Commander until now from the Army.
General Chisuzi has served with diligence and loyalty.
I do hope Gen. Chisuzi will accept my offer to re-deploy him to a position where he can continue to serve his country which he has protected so professionally. On behalf of all Zambian and on my own behalf, I thank you General, for the service you have rendered to your country, Zambia.
I have retired Major General E.P. Mutwale, Deputy Army Commander and Chief of Staff from the Zambia Army.
Major General Mutwale has also served diligently and with loyalty.
I will be discussing with General Mutwale possible re-deployment as well.
I thank you Major General Mutwale on behalf of all Zambians and on my own behalf.
I have promoted Brigadier General W.M. Lopa who has been our Defence Attaché in Addis Ababa to the rank of Major General and appointed him as Zambia Army Commander.
I have promoted Colonel V.M. Mukanda currently Deputy Commandant at MILTEZ to the rank of Brigadier General and I have appointed him Deputy Army Commander and Chief of Staff.
ZAMBIA AIR FORCE
I have retired Lt. Gen. S. Mapala currently Zambia Air Force Commander from the Air Force
Lt. Gen. Mapala has exhibited quality leadership and professionalism at all times.
I hope that he too will accept my officer to re-deploy him in a different position so that the country can continue to benefit from his experience, knowledge and skills.
Lt. Gen. Mapala, on behalf of all Zambians and on my own behalf, I thank you.
I have also retired Major General E. Chengeta the current Deputy Air Force Commander from the Air Force.
I will be discussing with him as well, the possibility of re-deploying him to some appropriate position so that he too can continue to contribute to his country’s development.
I again wish to express the gratitude of all Zambians and, indeed, myself to you Maj. Gen. Chingeta. Thank you.
I have recalled Brig. Gen. Andrew Sakala recently retired from the Air Force and have promoted him to the rank of Major General and appointed him as the new Zambia Air Force Commander to take over from Lt. Gen. Mapala.
I have appointed Brig. Gen. Monta J. Chileshe currently Chief of Operations in the Air Force as the new Deputy Commander, Zambia Air Force.
ZAMBIA NATIONAL SERVICE
I have retired Maj. Gen. Chisheta the current Commandant of the Zambia National Service from the Zambia Army from which he was seconded and replaced him as Commandant.
As is the case with the others, Gen. Chisheta has served diligently and with loyalty. I intend to deploy him too to an appropriate position where he too can continue to contribute to his country’s growth.
On behalf of all Zambians and, indeed, on my own behalf, I thank you for the many years of dedicated service.
I have also retired Brig. Gen. J.M. Miti the Deputy Commandant, Zambia National Service.
I will be discussing with him too of possibilities regarding his future.
Brig. Gen. Miti, I want, on behalf of all Zambians, to thank you too for the service rendered to your country. Thank you.
I have promoted Brig. Gen. Yeta to the rank of Major General and have appointed him Zambia National Service Commandant. He is seconded from the Zambia Army to the Zambia National Service.
Finally, I have appointed Brig. General Nathan Mulenga currently Zambia National Service Secretary at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters to the position of Deputy Commandant, Zambia National Service.
The retirements and appointments are with immediate effect.
Thank you and God Bless our country, Zambia