Monday 18 September 2017

Sustainable development should be for all, rich or poor, young or old, differently abled persons, as well as those who are able bodied. We will continue to drive efforts to achieving a better life and a better Zambia for all. 

 Maria Pihlgren/Save the Children

President Edgar Lungu has underscored the importance of equality and inclusivity in attaining sustainable development. The president was speaking when he officially opened the second session of the Twelfth National Assembly on Friday 15th September 2017. 

“During my state of the nation address in March this year, I discussed before this august house our application of the national values. I stated that patriotism and national unity should speak to the heart and soul of every Zambian in our quest to sustain our sovereignty and build a better country for ourselves and future generations.

Through the social cash transfer programme, Chilufya kanakashi of luwingu was able to attend school and buy a new uniform. 38 year-old simutondo who lives with her son, choolwe and her sister’s son, sichimwa, in kazungula was able, over time, to build her own house, pay school fees and buy uniforms for her child and nephew because of the social cash transfer”. He said

“We will therefore continue as patriotic front Government to direct our development interventions in a targeted manner so that our children and our children’s children inherit a Zambia with abundant opportunities and greater hope regardless of their status”. He added

The head of state has committed to direct development interventions in a targeted manner in order for future generations to inherit a Zambia with abundant opportunities and greater hope regardless of who they are and where they come from.

“Despite the setbacks experienced in the previous years, Government is committed to attaining a resilient and diversified economy. An economy where all Zambians, young and old, female and male, rich or poor, not only benefit from development, but also play an active role in its realisation”. He said

He highlighted that through e-education for instance, a child in mufumbwe can now receive equal educational materials and lessons as the one in kabulonga. A grandmother in chadiza can receive funds through a mobile phone and afford basic necessities of life.

“Our vulnerable include orphans, female and child headed households, differently abled persons, the chronically ill on palliative care and older persons. Our interventions, therefore, should give them hope for a better life and that of their children and children’s children”. He added


The president further said that Government is implementing a bursary scheme running under the title “Keeping Girls in School” project to support vulnerable girls, especially in rural areas, through this project, over 14,000 girls from extremely poor households are being supported to access secondary school education.