October 3, 2011

Zambia's first elected Catholic president told members of his parish he will base his rule on the Ten Commandments.

President Michael Sata, 57, elected Sept. 20, also commended the Catholic Church for the role it played in ensuring that the nation held peaceful elections.

Sata, a member of St. Ignatius Parish in central Lusaka, told fellow parishioners Sept. 25 his government will embrace the fight against corruption because the Seventh Commandment states, "Thou shall not steal."

He said his government will prosecute anyone who steals despite his or her socio-economic status or party affiliation.

The new president said he would ensure equal distribution of wealth among all Zambians, saying he would not want to see a situation where his children have three meals a day while others had none.