Zambia is commemorating Youth day under the theme ” accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable development”.
Various activities have been held in different parts of the country.
In Lusaka, President Michael Sata was among hundreds of people witnessing the commemoration of the Youth day at the Freedom statue.
The President led the defence chiefs , members of the diplomatic corps in laying wreaths, as the Zambia Army brass band played solemn music.
As part of the celebrations, Cadet’s fired a 12- gun salute at the freedom statue.
President Sata also took time to greet Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, Diplomats accredited to Zambia, PF party officials and Youths.
Mr. Sata also watched a match past by youths from various schools and organisations.
Also present at the Freedom statue was Vice President Guy Scott , Cabinet Ministers, Members of the diplomatic corps and several senior government officials.
In his sermon, Zambia National Service Chaplain Lieutenant Henry Matifeyo challenged youths to use their hands to create wealth.
Lieutenant Matifeyo says Youths also need to stick to good moral values.
And President Sata has assured young people in the country of better educational and employment opportunities.
President Sata also says he wants to run an open and inclusive government in running the affairs of the country.
The president said this when he addressed the nation in commemorating the Youth day at Freedom statue in Lusaka.
This year’s youth day celebrations are being commemorated under the theme accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable national development.
The President has stressed that youth day marks a very important day in the history of the country to reflect on their obligations and contributions towards sustainable employment towards sustainable national development.
Earlier, President Sata led hundreds of people and members of the diplomatic corps in laying wreaths at the Freedom statue in commemoration of the Youth Day.
President Sata arrived at the Freedom statue at about 10:15 hours on Monday and immediately proceeded to lead scores of people and diplomats in laying wreaths.
And representing youths Barbra Kabungo says young people in the country are optimistic that the Patriotic Front will manage to address most of the challenges facing young people.
Kabungo called on President Sata to prioritise the welfare of young people to drive the nation forward.
Vice President Dr Guy Scott, Chief Ernest Sakala Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and several senior government officials witnessed the youth day commemoration./ZNBC