President Sata who was accompanied to Parliament by First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba earlier inspected a full guard of honor mounted by the Zambia army second battalion.
President Sata pointed out that the country has managed to post achievements under PF government because of enduring unity in the country.
The Head of State has also urged Members of Parliament to support the progressive 2015 budget to be presented by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda in October.
He also cited the PF government robust infrastructure development in the education and health sectors which has seen the construction of schools, universities and health facilities.
President Sata commended health Minister Dr Joseph Kasonde for his handwork and ensuring the decentralization of Medical Stores.
He notes that this will ensure timely distribution of medical supplies across the country.
And President Sata says agriculture remains key to economic growth and poverty reduction.
He says government wants to achieve food security, promote crop diversification and as well as increase productivity.
Meanwhile six newly elected Members of Parliament have taken the oath of allegiance.
The six Parliamentarians emerged victorious in the recent by-elections.
Of the six Members of Parliament sworn-in today, PF Mangango Member of Parliament Lingweshi Lyambai stole the limelight with his antics much to the excitement of the house.
Mr Lyambai sent the house into laughter as he entered majestically before showcasing his military drills as he received the oath from the Clerk of the National Assembly, which he repeated as he handed his oath to Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini sending the house into further laughter.
The house should brace itself for humorous moments during its sittings if Mr Lyambai’s antics are anything to go by.
( Friday 19th September 2014 )
LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambian President Michael Sata attended the opening of parliament on Friday looking healthy and walking unaided, easing anxiety about the health of the 77-year-old who has been away from the public eye for three months.
His appearance in front of a parliamentary honour guard was the first time Sata had been seen in public in the capital since a televised June 19 meeting with Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.
Sata took part in a campaign rally in a town 500 km (300 miles) from Lusaka last week in what analysts said was a deliberate attempt to quash speculation about his health. However, he only spoke for a few minutes.
Vice president Guy Scott told parliament in late June that Sata was on a “working holiday” in Israel. Israeli official sources told Reuters he was there receiving medical treatment.
Sata suffered a heart attack in 2008 and his opponents said he collapsed during a six-week election campaign in 2011, a report the president denied.
The copper-producing southern African nation is due to hold its next election in 2016.