Michael Chilufya Sata has been sworn in as Zambia’s fifth republican head of state at the Supreme Court grounds.
President Sata, who arrived in the company of First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and immediate past head of state Rupiah Banda, was sworn in by Chief Justice Ernest Sakala on Friday afternoon..
The new head of state has pledged to dedicate his services and abilities to the welfare of the Zambian people without fear or favor.
In his inaugural speech, President Sata thanked God for the peace and unity that prevailed in the country during the September 20 elections.
He appealed to Zambians to live side by side in harmony despite their political affiliation as violence has the potential to divide the nation.
The newly elected president assured the voters that his party, the Patriotic Front (PF) will work extremely hard so that at no time should the people regret the decision they have made.
President Sata also congratulated the Electoral Commission of Zambia for the diligent service provided during the polls despite the various challenges faced by the commission in the electoral process.
He urged his presidential contenders to join him as they work to fight poverty and all injustice that citizens are subjected to.
The head of state thanked his wife Dr.Christine Kaseba, children and family for their never ending love, loyalty, and encouragement.
President Sata pledged to commit himself and the PF to ensuring democracy and the rule of law are upheld at all times.
He noted that there is need to grow back to the drawing board and implement workable polices that will create employment and provide job security.
The President reiterated his willingness to stand by his promise of initiating developmental projects within 90 days.
He disclosed that his regime will work on reducing the size of cabinet and government expenditure so that resources can be channeled to development.
The head of state noted that Zambia can never achieve equitable development unless Government is committed to poverty as Zambians are entitled to better life.
Commenting on Corruption, the president said it has been a constraint to development in many countries and should be curbed without fail.
He noted that corruption is morally unacceptable as it is a killer and responsible for retarded development in the nation.
President Sata also commended his predecessor for the job well done, adding that it is vital that they work together for a better Zambia.
The head of state further appealed to citizens not to relent in the provision of checks and balances to allow for the smooth running of the country.