FORMER United States of America President Bill Clinton has observed that establishing the rule of law is a noble endeavour but a difficult one everywhere in the world.
Mr Clinton said there were examples of controversy even in United States but he always reminded people to preach the rule of law to others.
He was speaking in Livingstone at Zambezi Sun Hotel at a welcome cocktail hosted by the Southern African Chief Justices Forum and Conference and Annual General Conference 2013.
The conference is being held under the theme “The quest for an efficient judicial system as a key to democratic and economic development.”
Mr Clinton, who is also currently visiting other African countries,said he was very honoured to be in the beautiful place of Livingstone in Zambia.
He arrived in Livingstone on Thursday at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport around 19:15 hours aboard a Boeing 737 800.
Yesterday, Mr Clinton visited some projects in Manyemunyemu area in Kazungula District.
Speaking at the same welcome cocktail, Zambia’s acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said the Judiciary in the region should keep working hard for it to contribute to their respective country’s economic and development.
“Let me take this opportunity to encourage everyone to interact and discuss how the Judiciary will be the backbone of development and democracy to stabilise the nations,” she said.
Ms Justice Chibesakunda said the Judiciary had the potential to become a pillar of economic development and democracy adding that judicial officers should help the institution achieve this goal.
She thanked the judicial officers from the region for coming to Zambia adding that the country was ready to host the conference despite being given short notice.
Ms Justice Chibesakunda said she was grateful Zambia had been chosen to host the conference.
The Southern African judicial officers are in Zambia to attend Southern African Chief Justice’s forum annual conference 2013.
Meanwhile, Mr Clinton has observed that most people especially children in Africa die from poor health care and lack of good sanitation.
Speaking when he visited Manyemunyemu health post in Kazungula district yesterday which is one of the projects under the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Mr Clinton said it was important for people to have access to quality health care and also have a good environment.
The Former US president said it was for this reason that he and his family decided to come up with this initiative in order to help the vulnerable communities.
“We are here in Zambia with this health initiative because most people especially children die due to poor health care and sanitation,” Mr Clinton said.
The former US president, who is accompanied by daughter Chelsea, said he was impressed with the services that some Community Health Assistants (CHAs) were offering to the local communities.
Other than the health post, Mr Clinton and Chelsea visited 2 households in the community where the trained CHAs demonstrated how they carry out their daily work.