Zambian president Edgar Lungu on 26 July launched a new marine special forces unit to improve maritime security particularly regarding border control and illegal fishing.
The 48 Marine Unit is stationed in Nchelenge District in Luapula Province and is made up of special forces personnel operating boats donated by China, reports State House.
The new unit is tasked with securing the Luapula River bordering Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Lake Mweru Wantipa.
“The deployment of this unit in Luapula Province will mark the beginning of securing of our water bodies across the country. As government, we are committed to protecting our people from both internal and external aggression,” Lungu said in a statement.
“As government, we are committed to protecting our people from both internal and external aggression. This is why my government authorised the establishment of this unit to be manned by special forces. I am confident that with their presence, our people will be protected and that illegal border crossing will be curbed as well as ensure the effective enforcement of the fish ban.”
“Government has started work towards the construction of housing units and offices for the newly established marine barracks in Kawambwa and the squadron in Nchelenge.”