Deputy Army Commander Dennis Alibuzwi has urged soldiers to acquire relevant competencies to allow them to discharge their duties once deployed in the United Nations peace keeping operations.
Major General Alibuzwi was speaking at the official opening of the fifth Zambian Battalion -ZAMBATT 5- peace keeping pre-deployment training at Nanking Peace Mission Training Centre in Lusaka.
He urged officers and soldiers to take the training seriously to attain the physical and mental levels required for the United Nations mandate in Central African Republic.
Speaking at the same event, United States Defence Advisor to Zambia Lieutenant Colonel Erick Jordan praised the Zambia Defence Forces for partnering with the United States of America and other allied partners to build a more secure and prosperous future for the people of Central African Republic.
Meanwhile, British Peace Support Team Representative Andy Holsgrove praised the Zambian Defence Force on its successful operations in various peace keeping missions.