The Government has bought eight K-8P jets for Zambia Air Force (ZAF) from China. ZAF Commander Eric Chimese said the jets would "enhance the military wing’s ability to monitor the stability of the country". Government also plans to purchase helicopters, presumably also from China.
One can only imagine this deal was struck by the MMD administration. General Wisdom Lop was in Beijing exactly one year ago to meet military officials as Beijing seeks to strength its military hold across the continent through under the table military cooperation and general arm sales. Though given Mr Mwamba's eagerness for military hardware, may be that assumption needs to be checked. It could be a PF deal - totally initiated by them, without Chinese encouragement.
Since Zambians never ask questions, we will never know. We also will never know why all of this military expenditure is being prioritised and how much it all costs.