Zambia: Sata renames airports

2011-09-27 14:33

Lusaka - Zambia's new President Michael Sata on Tuesday renamed the country's three main airports after liberation heroes, including the country's first president Kenneth Kaunda.

Capital city Lusaka's airport will now carry Kaunda's name, while the airport in Livingstone, near the world-famous Victoria Falls, will be named after early nationalist leader Harry Nkumbula, Sata said, on only his fifth day in office.

The airport in the mining town of Ndola will be named after Simon Kapwepwe, the country's first vice president, he added.

Sata said the new names were meant as a gesture of reconciliation among Zambian political parties. Kaunda is regarded as the father of the nation, but fell out politically with Nkumbula and Kapwepwe.

"I said it earlier that we have to reconcile with the past," Sata told journalists. "This country is what it is because of the past."

Sata once served in Kaunda's government, but quit when the country introduced multi-party politics in 1991.

He formed his own party, the Patriotic Front, and won the presidential election last week, the second democratic transfer of power in Zambia since independence from Britain in 1964.

  • Wacko - 2011-09-27 14:47

    Africa , nothing changes except place or street or city names , they all stay corrupt.......

      sniperman - 2011-09-27 16:46

      Yes the Great African dynamics of change. At lest living in Johannesburg we were given a choice for the airport. JAN SMUTS or TAMBO

      Wonderboy - 2011-09-27 19:55

      @ sniperman Jan Smuts was changed to Johannesburg international BECAUSE No one would know where Jan Smuts is. Then Two years later, conveniently, it was changed to Tambo. NO CHOICES there.

  • chirimuhomwe - 2011-09-27 14:49

    i fear that these are just fillers for much greater changes to be made ..... even to the constitution

  • George - 2011-09-27 15:19

    This guy is decisive. he should assist us to remove apartheid criminal names from our streets and towns. ( malans, verwoerds, etc)

      sardonicus - 2011-09-27 15:36

      ...yes, and replace them with real heroes like Zonda and McBride! My my, George the genius!

      Ross - 2011-09-27 15:47

      And South Africa with Azania.

      Mike N - 2011-09-27 15:54

      If you read he says it is 'gesture of reconciliation among Zambian political parties" so by removing the Malans, Vervoerds, etc do you think there is reconciliation??

      eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-27 16:34

      Malans, verwoerds, Hany, winy,ect.

      Met - 2011-09-27 18:35

      We should ask Wouter Basson to remove you from society

  • tootingdel - 2011-09-27 15:32

    I'm sure there are many more important matters that should be dealt with first. Name changes are easy and don't improve service delivery, increase unemployment or anything else that matters to most people. just a cover. Such a shame that these things seem to be more important than the real issues

      George - 2011-09-27 16:34

      Tell that to the jews who were massacred by Hitler and his cohorts. Would anyone in the western world accept streets and towns named after Hitler? Divisive past political criminals apartheid killers names must be removed from our streets and towns. They are a blot to the culture of human rights and democracy

  • Bosj - 2011-09-27 16:17

    what a chop....

  • thomas.mazibisa - 2011-09-27 17:32

    seems much trouble lies ahead in Zambia. Did he consult with the people or is it what the people who voted him into power want? i sense a dictatorial tendency

  • Chibuli - 2011-09-27 20:49

    So firkin' typical of African Nationalists to rename everything after their "heroes". Remember, one man's hero is another man's terrorist, and as such the practice of naming public entities after political cadres is offensive in the extreme - no matter whether they are Jan Smuts or OR Tambo... or even Nelson Mandela (Bay/Square/Bridge, etc.).

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