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The Ministry of Defence is charged with the critical responsibility of preserving, protecting and defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zambia for the sole purpose of ensuring the country, its citizens and residents are safe guarded from both internal and external aggression.

The Ministry of Defence draws its mandate from the Government Gazette Notice No.547 of 2004, and is accordingly responsible for the following portfolio functions:

  1. National Defence Policy;
  2. Zambia Defence Force;
  • Zambia National Service;
  1. Home Guards;
  2. Combined Cadet Force; and
  3. War Graves and Memorials.

In addition to the portfolio functions highlighted above, the Ministry is guided by the following statutes:-

  1. Constitution of Zambia Act Cap  1
  2. Zambia Defence Act Cap 106;
  • Zambia National Service Act Cap 121
  1. Home Guard Act Cap 122;
  2. Combined Cadet Force Act Cap 118; and
  3. War Graves and Memorials Act Cap179.

The Ministry comprises the Departments and Units stated below:-

  1. Human Resources and Administration (HRA);
  2. Research, Planning and Projects (RPP);
  3. Accounting Unit
  4. Internal Audit Unit
  5. Zambia Army (Army);
  6. Zambia Air Force (ZAF);
  7. Zambia National Service (ZNS);
  8. Defence Force Medical Services (DFMS)
  9. Maina Soko Military Hospital
  10. Northern Command Military Hospital
  11. Defence School of Health Sciences
  12. International Military Sports Council &United Nations Liaison Office
  13. Ex-Servicemen Affairs Directorate
  14. Defence Services Command and Staff College
  15. Chaplaincy
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