Zambian President: Gov’t to Follow 10 Commandments

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 9:01 am (UTC-5)
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The new president of Zambia, Michael Sata, says his government will be governed by the Biblical 10 Commandments.

Mr. Sata pointed specifically to the commandment “thou shall not steal” during a speech at a Roman Catholic church in the capital, Lusaka, on Sunday.

The president, who is Catholic, also said the government will have closer ties with the church.

Mr. Sata was sworn in Friday, three days after winning the presidential election over incumbent Rupiah Banda. In his first speech as president, he promised to assist Zambia's poor and to fight corruption.

Zambia is a predominantly Christian country, though its 14 million people include many who are Hindu, Muslim or believe in traditional faiths.

The constitution declares Zambia to be a Christian nation, while upholding the right of all people to enjoy religious freedom.