The President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander-In-Chief of the Defence Force, Mr Hakainde Hichilema made a commitment to provide resources towards stabilizing the security situation in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, following the SADC Extraordinary Meeting of Heads of State held in January 2022 in Malawi. President Hichilema said maintaining peace in neighboring countries is key for social and economic development of the region.
“During the liberation struggle, Zambia was in a situation to assist other countries and played a pivotal role in the liberation of the region. Zambia hosted a number of liberation movement organisations like the Africa National Congress (ANC) whose Headquarters was in Zambia. We are in a position were we can assist, you cannot enjoy freedom if there is instability in your region, for instability anywhere is instability everywhere,” President Hichilema said.
On 28th January 2022 the Zambia Air Force deployed the C-27J aircraft into PEMBA, Mozambique under the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), in support of the peace keeping operation.
Since deployment ZAF has provided logistical support to other SADC Member States under SAMIM. The C-27J ZAF aircraft is scheduled to airlift over 50,000 Kgs of cargo for the South African Defence Force from Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria to Mozambique, among other SAMIM assigned tasks.
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