PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu this morning swore in Brigadier General William Sikazwe as Zambia Army Commander, replacing Lieutenant General Paul Mihova.
Until his appointment, General Sikazwe served as chief of operations. He has also been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General with immediate effect.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at State House, President Lungu urged General Sikazwe to defend the Constitution and the people of Zambia.
President Lungu also told the new Army Commander to remind his officers on the need to respect the hierarchy of power.
He said the Zambia Army is well respected in Africa and that is expected to continue as General Sikazwe takes over.
The President also asked General Sikazwe to work with Lt Gen Mihova on various projects as he hands over.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has also dropped Deputy Army Commander Major General Jackson Miti and his replacement will be announced in due course.