Senior chief Mushili of the Lamba people in Masaiti district has said Zambia was poised for economic and social greatness under the leadership of President Michael Sata.
Chief Mushili said President Sata has the interest of the people at heart and that he was truly a man of action.
He said developmental projects that President Sata’s administration has initiated in the one and half years it has been in office were testimony of his desire to transform the fortunes of Zambian people.
The traditional leader said this when Gender and Child Development Deputy Minister Josephine Limata paid a courtesy call on him at his palace in Masaiti today.
Chief Mushili said he came to know of President Sata’s ability to work hard when he worked with him at the time the former was Minister of Health in the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) regime.
He said because of Mr. Sata’s action oriented nature, the health sector became vibrant and efficient at the time.
The traditional leader has since pledged to work closely with the Patriotic Front (PF) government for it to achieve its vision of restoring what he termed the lost dignity of the Zambian people.
Meanwhile, the chief Mushili has called for an accelerated fight against early marriages in the country.
He said he was deeply concerned to see girls as young as 12 years old being married off instead of them being in school.
He said parents that marry off their teenage children should be dealt with severely so as to discourage the trend.
And Deputy Minister of Gender and Child Development Josephine Limata urged Zambians to support and work with the government of the day for it to fulfill its mandate.
Ms. Limata said government was implementing a lot of projects in order to uplift the welfare of the people in the country and that it was incumbent upon the people to assist government to realise its objectives.
And Ms. Limata said government, through her ministry, was enforcing a lot of measures to discourage early marriages especially in rural areas across the country.
She said it was disheartening that young girls become mothers when they are supposed to be in school to prepare for their future.