Zambian president swears in new army chief Sikazwe


President Edgar Lungu congratulates the Newly appointed Zambia Army Commander Lt. Gen. William Sikazye. Photo/...
President Edgar Lungu congratulates the newly appointed Zambia Army Commander Lt. Gen. William Sikazye. Photo/COURTESY

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday swore in Lieutenant General William Sikazwe as head of the armed forces.

At the ceremony, he told Sikazwe to remind his officers of the need to respect hierarchy, the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) reported.

No reason was given for the dismissal of Lieutenant General Paul Mihova.

Lungu on Dec. 7 overcame an opposition challenge to win a Constitutional Court ruling allowing him to stand for a third term in 2021.

Between July and October he had imposed a state of emergency.

The move gave police additional powers to prohibit public meetings, detain individuals for longer than usual and impose curfews and restrict movements.

The opposition accused him of intimidating their supporters.

Zambia faces challenges in the form of mounting debt and low prices for its commodity exports.

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