Lieutenant General Colin Barry, Commander of the Zambia Air Force ( ZAF), says his command will continue to establish provincial air defence centres to improve monitoring of the country’s airspace.
According to Lt. Gen. Barry, the Air Force intends to establish a presence in all ten provinces of Zambia, not only to receive feedback on air aspects, but also to improve the welfare of the provinces.
He stated that the Air Force will continue to protect the territorial integrity of the country’s airspace in order to keep Zambians safe.
He was speaking in Solwezi today when he called on Beatrice Muyambango, the acting Permanent Secretary of Northwestern Province.
Lt. Gen Barry who is on his first familiarisation tour of the province following his appointment as ZAF commander, said the Airforce will continue offering Air services in times of emergencies whenever called upon.
“Let me assure you that we will continue implementing our mandate of transporting government officials to far flung areas, ballot papers to hard to reach places as well respond to emergencies whenever we are called upon. Acting PS don’t hesitate to call on us when need for air services arise,” he said.
Lt.Gen Barry encouraged Air men and women to continue upholding the values of national service above self which he said will help move the nation to greater heights.
He added that discipline and dedication to duty must also be maintained at all times if the officers are to discharge their duties diligently.
And Ms Muyambango who congratulated the ZAF commander on his appointment and for inspiring young people in the province to be disciplined and aim high in life.
“As much as we welcome you as ZAF commander, we also welcome you as a son of the province. Your appointment is an inspiration to young people to aim high in life,” she said.
She said young people lack role models to help shape their behaviour hence the high rate of juvenile delinquencies in society today.