First Lady Christine Kaseba says President Michael Sata is committed to ensuring that rural development is enhanced.
Dr. Kaseba said the President has always stressed that there can be no meaningful development without the development of chiefdoms.
The First Lady said this in Kalomo District when she paid a courtesy call on Chief Chikanta of Kalomo district of Southern Province.
The First Lady is in the district to launch a pilot project to train and sensitise traditional leaders on Gender Based Violence.
Dr. Kaseba said government identified Chikanta Chiefdom for the training programme because the chief is a champion in the fight against GBV.
She thanked the chief for having progressive ideas and a positive attitude in the programme that will go a ,long way in sensitizing the traditional leadership.
And Chief Chikanta of the Tonga speaking people of Kalomo District thanked government for initiating the training programme.
Chief Chikanta said his role is to support the government of the day and ensure that its policies are implemented.
He said it was the first time such a programme was taking place in his chiefdom and has since called on his Indunas and headmen to embrace the programme.
Chief Chikanta said as a chief he has served under four presidents for the past 18 years and none of them had ever visited his chiefdom.
He said it is good that the Patriotic Front government is delivering on its promises and is fulfilling its campaign promises.
Chief Chikanta said he is happy that the Patriotic Front government is reaching out to its people and bringing development as close as possible.