Southern Province Minister Elijah Muchima says peace is the greatest investment that Zambia has ever had since becoming independent.
Mr. Muchima said Zambia remained steadfast on a foundation of peace despite being surrounded by countries that were initially ravaged by conflicts and unrest.
He said Zambia was moving forward in terms of development and managing to sustain a peaceful environment in the year for general elections 2011.
Mr. Muchima said this in Livingstone today when Lions Clubs International President Sid Scruggs III and his entourage paid a courtesy call on him at his office.
Mr. Muchima said Southern Province had declared zero tolerance to cholera outbreak, as keeping the region clean at all times was at the center-stage, regardless of the huge costs involved.
He said a clean and healthy environment for all was achievable if the importance of hygiene was inculcated in the minds of children at an early age.
Mr. Muchima said it was imperative for all responsible nations to invest in children’s welfare.
And Lions Clubs International President Sid Scruggs III said the international organization had embarked on a program to support children and teach them the importance and power of peace.
Mr. Scruggs stressed the importance of teaching children about peace if the world was to continue being good to live in.
He said he was in Zambia with his delegation to attend the All Africa Leadership Conference in Lusaka which is set to take place from the 3rd to 11th of February, 2011.
Mr. Scruggs said he was excited about Africa’s great development potential, adding that the continent was no longer perceived as always stretching its hands to receive foreign aid, as it was using its own resources in initiating and implementing its development projects.
He said he looked forward to a time when Africa as a continent would entirely stand firmly on its own feet and cease getting external aid.