Zambia’s newly-elected President Hakainde Hichilema on Sunday appointed new military chiefs and replaced all police commissioners.
In a televised address to the nation, President Hichilema announced the appointment of new army and air force chiefs, as well as a new head of the Southern African country’s defence wing.
“I am relieving all commissioners of police with immediate effect,” he added, without providing reasons for the replacements.
He also urged police to conduct thorough checks before detaining suspects, stressing that “no one should be arrested before investigations are concluded”.
President Hakainde thanked those that served and called on citizens to respect them as they have served the country with diligence, and urged that they be not demonised.
He appointed Zambia Army Deputy Commander Dennis Alibuzwi as Army Commander, promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant-General with immediate effect. Lt-Gen Alibuzwi replaces Lt-Gen William Sikazwe, who served as Zambia Army Commander for two years and eight months since his appointment in 2018.
The President assigned Brigadier-Gen Geoffrey Zyeele as the new Deputy Army Commander and Chief-of-Staff, consequently elevating him to the rank of Major-Gen.
President Hichilema retired Air Force Commander, Lt-Gen David Muma and replaced him with Brig-Gen Collins Barry, who he has subsequently promoted to the rank of Lt-Gen.
Brig-Gen Oscar Nyoni was promoted to the rank of Maj-Gen upon his elevation to Air Force Deputy Commander.
At the Zambia National Service, ZNS Commandant Lt-Gen Nathan Mulenga was relieved of his duties and replaced with newly promoted Lt-Gen Patrick Solochi, who will be deputised by now Maj-Gen Reuben Mwewa.
The President appointed Remmy Kajoba as new Inspector0General of Police, replacing Mr Kakoma Kanganja. The Deputy Insp-Gen in charge of operations is Mr Milner Muyambango, while Mrs Doris Chibombe is now Deputy Insp-Gen in charge of administration.
President Hichilema relieved all Provincial Commissioners of Police of their duties with immediate effect.
“To the new office bearers, we want to state that you must have the interest of the people at heart and serve the country diligently while ensuring that human rights, freedoms and liberties are respected,” President Hichilema said. – Agencies