Zambia reshuffles defense forces commanders

11:22, April 08, 2010      

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State House of Zambia confirmed to Xinhua that President Rupiah Banda on Wednesday retired all the top defense force commanders and their deputies from the Zambia Army, Zambia Air force, and the Zambia National Service (ZNS), replacing them with other officers with immediate effect.

Announcement of Banda, obtained by Xinhua from the State House, said that the President had retired General I.S. Chisuzi as Zambia Army Commander, replacing him with W.M. Lopa, former Zambian Defence Attaché in Addis Ababa. Lopa was elevated from Brigadier General to the rank of Lieutenant General.

"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," Banda said in the Statement.

Banda also said he had retired Lt. Gen. Samuel Mapala as Zambia Air Force Commander, replacing him with Andrew Sakala, who recently retired from the Air Force and was recalled by Banda. Sakala was elevated from Brigadier General to Lieutenant General.

Banda said he will re-deploy Mapala in a different position.

Concerning the Zambia National Service, Banda said he had moved Maj. Gen.Raphael Chisheta from the position of Commandant of the Zambia National Service to "an appropriate position". Chisheta was replaced by Antony Yeta, who was elevated from Brigadier General to Major General.

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