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President Rupiah Banda has disclosed that government will turn Mbala Air Force Base into an international airport to increase passage of tourists to the area. Mbala Air Force Base is one of the most sophisticated air bases on the continent of Africa.It was built with the help of the Russians during the time when Zambian was strongly pro-former Soviet Union and was considered by the Russians as a strong ally. Its runway with capacity to handle any kind of fleet (commercial or military planes) can prove to be one of the best international gateways to Northern, Luapula and Eastern provinces of Zambia.

 

Commercial flights to and from Mbala International Airport could boost the region as a strategic hub not only for commercial purposes but also public ones as well. Mbala Air Force Base has some of the most modern air traffic control systems that can easily be converted into civilian international aviation use with great mig-35-1ease.

 

Its altitude would make it one of the highest points to take off from in Africa reminiscent of Johannesburg International Airport though not as quite.

 

The President said this during his tour of Kasaba Bay Lodge where he intimated that several investors have approached the Zambian government with a view to invest in there. 

 

President Banda has cited Matetsi Wildlife of Zimbabwe which is planning to invest an initial amount of $8 million in Kasaba Bay lodge once given the lease. The Zambian leader said government is working hard to ensure that investors set up businesses in the Northern circuit tourism sector which also includes Luapula province.

 

And Matetsi Wildlife Director, Charles Davy, who met the President, said he has been asked to push in a proposal which the Zambian government will look at. Mr. Davy said the development plan for the area is to turn it into an internationally competitive resort.  

 

The President said Northern Province has a lot of potential that government wants to turn into reality for the benefit of the people and the country. Speaking after touring Kasaba bay lodge, Thursday, the President said the lodge will play a big role in the promotion of the northern circuit to tourism. 

 

Katanga Province Governor, Moses Katumbi

Katanga Province Governor, Moses Katumbi

Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has given Zambia the go ahead to tar the pedicle road. Katanga Province Governor, Moses Katumbi says Zambia can recover the money spent on the road by charging toll gate fees.

 

Mr. Katumbi says President Joseph Kabila has agreed to the plan by the Zambian Government to tar the road. He was speaking soon after meeting mines minister, Maxwell Mwale and Copperbelt minister Mwansa Mbulakulima in Ndola, Thursday.

 

Mr. Katumbi said the meeting discussed how best the Zambian government can access copper concentrates from the DRC. He said existing relations between Zambia and the DRC should be strengthened to ensure development in both countries.

 

And Mr. Mbulakulima said the ban on maize exports to the DRC by the Zambian Government is due to the shortage of maize in the country. Mr. Mbulakulima was answering questions from DRC journalists who wanted to know why the government has banned the export of maize to the former Zaire.

 

And Tourism Minister, Catherine Namugala disclosed to Zambian Chronicle that government has released K20 billion for the construction of a good road network to make Lake Tanganyika area more accessible.

 

Ms. Namugala said the best way to enhance tourism in the Northern circuit is to engage in private and public partnership. President Banda who was on a tour of development projects in Kasama has since returned to Lusaka.

 

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Why is that jetliner for British Airways parked ov’r yonder when all other flights from the same region go to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow? One would ask … It is being fumigated, Another would respond. Fumigated!!! Why?? The Other would inquire. Because it just landed from Zambia, Another would answer.

British Airliner at London Heathrow Airport

British Airliner at London Heathrow Airport - All Other Arriving Passenger Go Throw Terminal 5 Except Those Arriving From Lusaka

So all flights from Zambia have to be sent to that concourse? One would ask further. Yeep!!! Another would answer. I don’t get it … The Other would say. Well, sorry that you guys don’t seem to get it, Another would say. These jetliners coming from Zambia stink to high heavens and we are just trying to be hygienic around here.

 

Dog on it, you mean Zambians stink and are not hygienic? I have seen some dressed in the best not only in Zambia but also around the world. One would prod. Nope!!! Ain’t got nothing to do with the way they dress, Another would counter.

 

You got to work in the cargo bay to understand what I am talking about, Another would retort. You see, when that plane lands, it carries with it as cargo some of the most stinking staunches, from Kapenta, Chapatwa, Insefu, Ingulube all dried just to mention a few, Another continues.

 

Why can’t we ban them from carrying such things? One would probe. I guess we make some much money from charging excess luggage fees that we just wink an eye, The Other would add. I am glad you are finally getting it, Another would say.

 

So what we do is collect their money but humiliate them when they land in London because we have to ferry them in buses to the other concourse for connecting flights. Besides, have you been to Lusaka? Another would continue …

 

Nope!!! One and The Other would respond almost in unison. Well, their airport looks like you are landing in the former Soviet Union, Another would answer. But we don’t care because we make so much money on this route compared to others that we actually fly there four times a week … besides the fact that it is the same place where you have sporadic cholera outbreaks; we got to be more vigilant …

 

… it is embarrassing to say the least how the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are being treated upon arrival in London, but much of the blame has to be carried by us. In one of our weekly memos entitled Success Corner: Do You Have A Perception Problem? You Can Get A Hang On It …  we wrote the following …

 

We can not control what others think about us entirely but we can certainly circumvent their perceptions of us. Each one of us needs to make sure that the perception of others towards us is positive because people respond based on their perception of what they anticipate would be our reactions to circumstances.

 

To be successful in any enterprise one needs to have the ability to read people and tailor antitheses to what he/she perceives to be the most logical derivative reaction(s) from the said subjects.”

 

In our case the Brits look at our airport, our customs clearing facilities and our concourse at Lusaka International Airport and because these infra-structures are such a sorry sight in the modern world we are treated with impunity when in their presence.

 

“Without the ability to control peoples’ perceptions one is at a loss for advancement in any endeavor be it family, enterprise and otherwise. Most people fail miserably in life and business not because of lack of expertise but because they do not have the ability to circumvent others’ perception(s) of themselves.”

 

I guarantee you, if Lusaka International Airport had the same structures as Washington’s Dulles International, New York’s JFK International, or Johannesburg International, we would not be treated the way we are right now.

 

Because we portray poverty at our departing airport we are treated with it at the point(s) of entry. We have to control that perception by the way we carry ourselves. We need a complete overhaul at Lusaka International Airport.

Our Passengers In London Are Sent To Part Of Heathrow Similar To Lusaka International Airport, Ferried By Bus To The Main Concourse ...

Our Passengers In London Are Sent To Part Of Heathrow Similar To Lusaka International Airport, Ferried By Bus To The Main Concourse ...

We need to create an environment similar to other premier world capitals. When a world class traveler lands in Lusaka, he/she wouldn’t have a sense of arriving at a provincial capital let alone a nation’s capital.

 

Now don’t you tell me we have no money!!! The Auditor General’s report for 2007 alone revealed government had squandered K14 trillion, O yes, trillions of Kwacha as in “thanks a trillion”. Do you know how far that would go in setting up an entirely new airport similar to at least London Gatwick?

 

That kind of money can create a total facelift for Lusaka International Airport and we would no longer have the same look as the former Soviet Union airports. If the current government has no idea on God’s earth how and where to find that money let them ask …

 

No one is going to find the money for us, we have the money already – we just have to move it around. No one is going to build an airport for us; we have to build it ourselves. No one is going to fund our own household needs we need to do that ourselves.

 

The more we do things that would give us a facelift that the world would see, the more respect we get from the world. The more we take care of our own business the more people would want to do business with us.

 

The more we improve ourselves and change the way others think about us the more others see us in a different light. We can’t say this enough, perception, perception, perception. Perception is everything.

 

Ed Louis Cole used to say, “… if you want to pull the crowds, set yourself ablaze.” It is time the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise set themselves ablaze and built a world-class international gateway at Lusaka International Airport …

Artist's impression of the new terminal five at Heathrow Airport. The terminal opened in April 2008 with the second phase due to open in 2011. Total Cost £4.2bn ...

Artist's impression of the new terminal five at Heathrow Airport. The terminal opened in April 2008 with the second phase due to open in 2011. Total Cost £4.2bn ...

Folks, we are dead serious about this. If the Zambian government doesn’t know how to get this done, let them consult us … our business consulting team will provide a project proposal for them, including all schematics, financing plans, cost recovery plans as well as operational plans, for a fee.

 

Of course the Brits like to do things in extremes sometimes we know that, they were our colonial masters, but much of what needs to be done is right below own noses.

 

And of course we can achieve anything we set our minds to … we are Zambians for crying out aloud, let’s change the way we are treated by improving where we come from.

 

Seriously, the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise deserve a better Lusaka International Airport and it is government’s duty to build or facilitate building one, come 2009.

 

Compliments of the Season, Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 

 

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As earlier promised, our memo this week will focus on the accomplishments of our first republican president for the Zambian Enterprise as he celebrates his birthday anniversary.  

We understand that most Africans get their understanding of historical records based on the west and understandably so; because a large part of our history on the entire continent has been written for us by western scholars.

 

What we have found over the years is that such writings are usually biased, in most cases not fully factual and at best mostly incomplete. They tend to serve the egos of the writer more than the premise of shared knowledge.

 

We at the Chronicle will endeavor to rewrite our own history in most instances and what a better time to start than during commemorative events such as a birthday of one of the greatest sons of Africa.

 

Brief Personal Background

 

He was born at Lubwa Mission near Chinsali in Northern Province on April 24, 1924 to missionary parents from Malawi. His parents moved to Zambia in 1904 as ordained minister and teacher. In fact his mother was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia.

 

He was the youngest of eight siblings but grew up with determination and self respect of the older child. At an earlier age, Kenneth was seen by his peers as a natural born leader who for the most part had the ability to unity factions.

 

He was barely 19 when he began teaching at Lubwa after completing his education and by the time he was 20 years old, he was Headmaster there. He remained at Lubwa from 1944 to 1947 when he moved to the Copperbelt to found a farmer’s cooperative union in 1948.

 

While working on his cooperative venture he also worked as a boarding master at Mufulira Upper School (1948 – 1949) which period provided him with first hand discriminatory tendencies of white supremacy and its evil conniptions at the time.

 

Liberation Politics Unusual

 

His teaching job, cooperative venture and his welfare officer status accorded him the ability to see and understand the real sufferings of his country men and women and thus he decided to join forces with the African National Congress.

 

What most Africans don’t know is that the ANC was similar to a continental liberation movement not only in South Africa but almost across the whole Sub-Saharan region. It was a Black Movement that transcended regional and national borders at the time.

 

District and provincial centers were organized at various locales and so to be effective Kaunda thought he needed to be in a place where most people were familiar with his passion and norms. He thus left the Copperbelt and went back to the Northern Province where he quickly rose through the ranks.

 

Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula was the national president for the Zambian Chapter of ANC and he immediately noticed Kaunda accolades. Kenneth D Kaunda was asked to move to Lusaka in 1953 as Secretary General under the Nkumbula presidency.

 

In 1957 Kaunda traveled to India and met Mohandas Gandhi and was forever deeply influenced by the nonviolent civil disobedience principles he had devised and saw them as a way of leading the liberation struggle in his own nation.

 

Upon returning home, he shared both his passion and principles he had learnt from Gandhi with his boss (Nkumbula) but the later was seen more as an appeaser of whites more than a freedom fighter.

 

It is believed that Nkumbula’s attitude emanated from a series of prison stints he was forced to survive with Kaunda during the time he became Secretary General. They were frequently in and out of prison for brief periods between 1953 and 1958.

 

The fire in Kaunda’s belly was too much and his boss’ reluctance was not helping, so he broke camps with Nkumbula to form his new party called Zambia African National Union in 1958 a year after trying to get Nkumbula and company on board with the nonviolent movement.

 

To the contrary nor sooner had Kaunda formed his Zambia African National Union in 1958 than he had actually abandoned his nonviolent rule. Between 1958 and 1959 his party was at the center of the famous Cha Cha Cha movement which included burning schools, blocking roads, work walk outs and other arm twisting programs aimed at the white supremacists.

 

His party was banned and he was sentenced to prison for nine months. He served part of the sentence in Lusaka and the remainder was in Salisbury, present day Harare. It is believed that the Harare stint was designed to break Kaunda’s ego but instead it emboldened him.

 

While he was in prison Mainza Chona also left ANC to form the United National Independence Party (UNIP) in 1959 and when he (Kaunda) was released was immediately asked by him to be its president. Kaunda obliged, stood for legislative council elections and on October 30, 1962 he won, formed a coalition government with Nkumbula’s ANC serving as minister of local government and social welfare.

 

In government Kaunda rose to the rank of Prime Minister and used his diplomatic skills convincing and allaying huge European and Asian fears that black rule would not be detrimental to their welfare after all.

 

After wining their confidence, the Zambian Enterprise went through a series of complicated phases that finally earned us our independence on October 24, 1964 with the Kenneth D Kaunda as the First Republican President and Nkumbula as his vice.

 

Post-Independence Shenanigans

 

They say every politician develops a high level of shrewdness in order to survive and Kaunda was no different. His diplomatic skills did not only lead to independence, they also contributed to his ability to unite a nation of 72 tribes into one solid nation under the Tiyende Pamodzi mantra.

 

Tiyende Pamodzi was more than a unity phrase, it was also an inspirational diatribe that encouraged every Zambian to work hard as well as show a high level of discipline. The “One Zambia One Nation” mantra made every Zambian feel a sense of belonging thus saving the country from any traumas of  civil war.

 

By bestowing a sense of Christian socialism, properly packaged as Zambian Humanism, Kaunda skillfully managed to stem off all manner of tribalism and developed a sense of good neighborhoodness thus developing a closely neat society with the ability to notice dissensions from within as well as without.

 

However, his major test wasn’t until the Lenshina Uprising. A self-styled prophetess, Alice Lenshina of the Lumpa religious sect was a major force to reckon with. Kaunda banned the religion and Lenshina was expelled into Zaire, present day DRC.

 

The Lenshina Uprising was controversial in that former colonial matters were alleged to have been major sponsors, discouraging nationals from taking part in government programs thus instilling a rebellious notion of anti-nationalism that could have led to slow national development as well as ensuring  of anarchy.

 

Conflicts arose between UNIP youth and Lumpa members, especially in Chinsali District, where the headquarters of the church were. Kaunda sent in two battalions of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment. The fight led to the deaths of about 1500 villagers. Kaunda banned the Lumpa Church in August 1964 and proclaimed a state of emergency that was retained until 1991.

 

Kaunda also faced opposition at home, from such sources as Simon Kapwepwe’s United Progressive Party (UPP) and the followers of nationalist Harry Nkumbula. Beginning in 1968, Kaunda took steps to undermine his opponents’ power, for instance banning the UPP on charges of subversion.

 

In some cases, powerful dissidents were offered positions within the UNIP hierarchy. By the end of 1972, Kaunda had effectively established the UNIP as Zambia’s only legal political party under the Choma Declaration led by Mainza Chona.

 

His hardball political shenanigans include his ability to use political power to consolidate his rule using the one-party participatory democracy theory. It is believed that it was this theory that led to a series of failed coupe d’état attempts the final culminating into the famous Mwamba Luchembe.

 

Kaunda on the other hand considered these hardball tactics necessary evils for national security reason as he later confessed, “… Speaking from my own country’s experience at independence, we were a multiparty state …

 

Every general election or by-election, we bashed heads across the political divide, and unfortunately we had bodies to bury because of political differences, until … I reached a decision that we must come together and stop this nonsense. Fortunately, we came together and from that time on, it has always been peace. Every election, there is peace.”

 

Educational Achievements

 

One of the greatest achievements of Dr. Kaunda was in the area of education. At independence it was estimated that only 0.5% of the entire population had completed primary education as our educational system was one of the most poorly developed in the entire British Commonwealth.

 

Zambia had to invest heavily in education at all levels. Kaunda instituted a policy where all children, irrespective of their parents’ ability to pay, were given free exercise books, pens and pencils. The parents’ main responsibility was to buy uniforms, pay a token “school fee” and ensure that the children attended school.

 

Infra-structural development in this area involved building government primary and secondary schools, in every district however rural. This approach meant that the best pupils were promoted to achieve their best results, all the way from primary school to university level.

 

To compensate for the shortfall in skilled teaching professionals, the government paid a premium and hired expatriate teachers and professors from all over the world of different nationalists as the nation was in a hurry to develop its own human capacity.

 

The Zambian Enterprise had no university of its own at independence and within three years, the University of Zambia was opened in Lusaka in 1966. This was after Zambians all over the country had been encouraged to donate whatever they could afford towards its construction. Kaunda was appointed Chancellor and officiated at the first graduation ceremony in 1969.

 

The main campus was situated on the Great East Road, while the medical campus was located at Ridgeway near the University Teaching Hospital. In 1979 another campus was established at the Zambia Institute of Technology in Kitwe. In 1988 the Kitwe campus was upgraded and renamed the Copperbelt University.

 

Tertiary-level institutions were also established during Kaunda’s era and were vocationally focused falling under the aegis of the Department of Technical Education and Vocational Training.

 

They included the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce and the Natural Resources Development College (both in Lusaka), the Northern Technical College at Ndola, Trades Training Institute in every major provincial capital, and teacher-training colleges.

 

One the other hand the ministry of education was tasked with a duty of acquiring scholarships for other deserving student in the USA, the UK, Germany, India, China, Yugoslavia, Russia and others. This translated to having a country that only had 109 graduates at independence to one of the most literate on the entire continent by 1991 when he relinquished power.

 

Infra-Structure Development

 

Zambia is one of the most urbanized Sub-Saharan countries. This is not by any means an accident, it was by design.

 

The National Development Planning Division at Cabinet office was one of the most successful on the entire continent.

 

It was so successful that Lusaka’s Cairo Road which was a dirt road at independence was turned into an hive of activities by 1991 with high rise building on every side. This was part of the Mulungushi reform of April 1968, a Zambian Marshall Plan if you like.

 

The government declared its intention to acquire an equity holding (usually 51% or more) in a number of key foreign-owned firms, to be controlled by the Industrial Development Corporation (INDECO).

 

By January 1970, Zambia had acquired majority holding in the Zambian operations of the two major foreign mining corporations, the Anglo American Corporation and the Rhodesia Selection Trust (RST); the two became the Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines (NCCM) and Roan Consolidated Mines (RCM), respectively.

 

Kaunda announced the creation of a new parastatal body, the Mining Development Corporation (MINDECO). The Finance and Development Corporation (FINDECO) allowed the Zambian government to gain control of insurance companies and building societies.

 

The foreign-owned banks, such as Barclays, Standard Chartered and Grindlays, successfully resisted takeover.

 

When this happened, ZANACO was born and the bank grew to be one of the most successful banking stories emanating from Africa in the entire world. It had branches across the nation as wells a fully functional London branch with satellite or correspondent branches across Europe.

 

In 1971, INDECO, MINDECO, and FINDECO were brought together under an omnibus parastatal, the Zambia Industrial and Mining Corporation (ZIMCO), to create one of the largest companies in sub-Saharan Africa, with Kaunda as Chairman of the Board.

 

The management contracts under which day-to-day operations of the mines had been carried out by Anglo American and RST were ended in 1973. In 1982 NCCM and RCM were merged into the giant Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd (ZCCM). ZCCM became the world’s largest conglomerate trading shares with a dual listing at the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange as late as 1996.

 

The domino effect of these programs led to each of these, INDECO, MINDECO, FINDECO and ZIMCO welding a lot of financial resources that were used to build business houses headquartered along Cairo Road thus accelerating development in Lusaka at exponential rates.

 

Also most of the above were tasked with construction of housing units for their employees, thus resulting in speedy, well organized urban planned cosmopolitan areas such as Kabwata in Lusaka, Ndeke Village in Kitwe, Kafue Estates in Kafue, Maramba in Livingstone just to mention a few.

 

Other developmental programs involved the building of Mwembeshi Earth Station, commissioned in 1974 just ten years after independence is still one of the few in the world. The sad story is that even up to now it is underutilized as an international gateway. 

The creation of Kariba Dam culminated into the creation of the world’s largest man-made lake at the time. It also guaranteed hydro-electric production with the largest turbines on the continent, giving our Zambian Enterprise potential to electrify half of Africa at the time. 

ITT Supersonic based in Livingstone could have been considered as a rite of passage industry in the field of electronics. It has the capacity to produce telephone handsets, made radios and televisions sets with export markets all around Africa. It used to be a joy in the 70’s and 80’s to travel abroad and watch a television set made in Zambia.

 

Under INDECO, Zambia was the only country on the continent other than South Africa with assembly plants making and assemblying cars and trucks at the time. We used to make Fuso truck, minibuses (Fuso Canter) and Mitsubishi Galants in Chingola.

 

Livingstone Motor Assemblers was the epicenter of a modern day European style assembly plant producing Fiats from 127s, to 124s (getaway cars) to 131 – Miravioris and 132 GLS. These cars assembled in Zambia had markets to as far places as Benin.

 

In Ndola, we had Rover Zambia under Lonrho which produced the latest Peugeots such as 504s and Land Rovers.

 

The last latest Land Rover Discovery actually debutted in Zambia before it was unveiled in Europe. Our manufacturing base per capita was stronger than even some Eastern European nations at the time.

 

To avoid more rushed urbanization, Kaunda made sure each provincial capital was a hive of industrialization. Mansa had Mansa Batteries and produced those both for local and export markets, Chipata had Eagle Industries that produced bikes, Kasama was in charge of tobbacco affiliated businesses, Mongu took care of canneries, etc.

 

In our industrial hub, Dunlop used to make tires for export around the region, Serious International used to make designer suits with outlets in London, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany; Leyland Motors used to recondition engines for heavy duty equipment, Lever Brothers turned into ROP created household commodities, the list is endless.

 

The Mukuku Bridge at the time of commissioning was Africa’s longest bridge while the Tazara Railway line broke world construction records. The development of Africa’s longest pipeline at the time connecting Dar-es-Salaam and Indeni in Ndola was another major accomplishment not experienced before on the continent.

 

Foreign Policy & Diplomatic Skills

 

 

An outspoken supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa he also opposed Ian Smith’s white minority rule in Rhodesia. He allowed several African liberation fronts such as ZAPU and ZANU of Rhodesia and African National Congress to set headquarters in Zambia.

 

Former ANC president Oliver Tambo spent a significant proportion of his 30 year exile living and working in Zambia. Joshua Nkomo the leader of ZAPU also stationed a military base in Zambia. In retaliation the white minority governments of Rhodesia and South Africa frequently led espionage and bombing attacks in Zambia.

 

Herbert Chitepo, prominent ZANU leader, was killed in a car bomb in Lusaka in 1975. The struggle in both Rhodesia and South Africa and its offshoot wars in Namibia, Angola and Mozambique placed a huge economic burden on Zambia as these were the country’s main trading partners.

 

Kaunda was a strong supporter of the Non Aligned Movement. He hosted a NAM summit in Lusaka in 1970 and served as the movement’s chairman from 1970 to 1973. During the period he was also Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity which time he elevated the status of Africa around the world.

 

He maintained a close friendship with Yugoslavia’s long-time leader Tito and is remembered by many former citizens of Yugoslavia for weeping openly over his casket in 1980. Kaunda, in fact, had a house built in Lusaka for Tito’s visits to the country.

 

He had frequent but cordial differences with President Reagan whom he met 1983 and Margaret Thatcher mainly over what he saw as the West’s blind eye to apartheid but he always maintained warm relations with the People’s Republic of China

 

History will no doubt be kinder to Kaunda than current events might suggest. His individual bravery and leadership helped to establish Zambia as a nation during the twilight of colonial rule, and his international statesmanship has led to reforms even in the last bastion of minority rule, South Africa. 

 (In Picture Above KK Ballroom Dancing With Margaret Thatcher)

It is no wonder that the first country Nelson Mandela visited after leaving prison on February 27, 1990 was Zambia and was an honored guest of Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda. His greatest fall came when he did not realize it was time for others to take over, his greatest foul were his close associates who had not guts to tell him it was over.

 

After leaving politics Kaunda has dedicated the rest of his life to other human causes and he is a serious advocate on HIV/AIDS issues. On November 25,2002 Harvard University through the Harvard Public Health Program invited him to speak to more than 180 intellectual from around the world at the Snyder Auditorium.

 

He was also resident professor at Boston University from 2002 to 2004 where he performed among other duties not only pertaining to the plight of the victims of HIV/AIDS.

 

Dr. Kaunda was the first mainland Sub-Saharan head of state to allow free multi-party elections and relinquish power when he lost even before his constitutional mandate ended. Mathieu Kerekou of Benin had done so before but that was after his term had ended in March of 1991.

 

With so much accomplished, with so little pride; it is our turn as the Zambian Enterprise to do the right thing and honor Dr. Kaunda by naming Lusaka International Airport after him. Let us not forget that classy-daddy-3.gifeven the multi-party democracy we so cherish came about because he relinguished power voluntarily otherwise we could have been another case study.

 

Happy Birthday Great Son of Africa from all of us … that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle

 

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Most countries, counties, cities and jurisdictions have found the importance of honoring certain people in their societies who have contributed to the greatest good. They do so by naming important installations, assets, streets, buildings, stadiums, airports, etc. after them.      

 

 

We at the Zambian Chronicle believe the time for the Zambian Enterprise to do just that has come. Next week we will be celebrating the 83rd birthday of our First Republican President HE Kenneth David Kaunda.

 

As a disclaimer none of us at the Chronicle has a vested interested in Dr. Kaunda at all, and we are embracing this purely based on principle and merit considering what the founding president did for our nation.

 

For some individuals, it is inextricably hard to believe that Dr. Kaunda did many great things for the sake of the Enterprise and we understand that but overall intellectual honesty testifies to the fact that if “we the people” do not appreciate him, others will to our own shame.

 

The British did not fully recognize Winston Church as a national hero, and they got a rude awakening when President John F Kennedy (US) in 1963 honored the Nobel Prize winner.

 

Churchill was honored again on November 29, 1995 by President Clinton. In an appearance that day before the British Parliament, President Clinton said, “I am pleased to announce here, the home of British freedom, that the United States will name one of the newest and most powerful of its surface ships, a guided missile destroyer, the United States Ship Winston Churchill.

 

Former US president Bill Clinton (l) talking to the first president of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda at Lusaka Polo Club  on Saturday - Picture by Thomas Nsama“When that ship slips down the ways in the final year of this century, its name will ride the seas as a reminder for the coming century of an indomitable man who shaped our age, who stood always for freedom, who showed anew the glorious strength of the human spirit,” Clinton said.

 

To that effect we believe that in commemoration of his anniversary, Lusaka International Airport be renamed as Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. There several airports around the world that are named after important people even on our continent, Johannesburg International is now named after O R Tambo.

 

It was formerly officially known as Johannesburg International Airport and before that as Jan Smuts International Airport (explaining the airport’s ICAO code, FAJS) after the South African statesman of that name.

 

The first renaming was done in 1994 when the newly reformed South African government implemented a national policy of not naming airports after politicians. The policy was however reversed later, and the airport renamed again on 27 October 2006 after Oliver Tambo, the former President of the African National Congress (ANC).

 

On Dr. Kaunda’s birthday anniversary we at the Chronicle will be chronicling several accomplishments classy-daddy-3.gifthe former president did for the Enterprise and we will reinforce our calling for Lusaka International Airport to be renamed after him.

 

It is time, and that time is now to name one of the nation’s major installations after Dr. Kaunda; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

 

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