Anglican leader praises Zambian leadership
Lusaka - The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Tuesday praised Zambia's new President Michael Sata for his efforts to change the country's tax code to help the poor.
"We are very much encouraged by your own commitment to just taxation practices and to the rebuilding and strengthening of the Zambian economy through the international, multinational presence here," Williams said as he met Sata at State House.
He said the Church would support Zambia's efforts in ensuring that good democratic practices were enhanced.
"We would want to support your efforts and we regard that as a matter of justice and good practices," he said.
Sata said that Zambia still needed Western help to continue growing the economy.
"In the last 20 years, we drifted from the West, but now we want to deal with them," Sata said.
Williams began his three-nation African tour in Malawi to mark the Church's 150th anniversary in that country.
In Zimbabwe on Monday he met with President Robert Mugabe, urging him to end attacks on Anglicans by followers of a breakaway bishop who is aligned with the president.
Williams also met with former president Kenneth Kaunda and praised Zambia's independence leader for fostering strong morals and national unity.
"The Anglican Church has been in this part of the world teaching many people and many have benefited from their teaching," Kaunda said after the meeting.
The Archbishop returns home on Thursday.