Newly elected Republican President Michael Sata has renamed three International Airports in the country with immediate effect.
President Sata made this announcement at State House this morning when he swore in Francis Chalabesa as principal private secretary.
The President said Lusaka International Airport will now be called Kenneth Kaunda International Airport renamed after Zambia’s first President while Ndola International Airport has been renamed after second Republican vice President late Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe.
President Sata has also renamed Livingstone International Airport after late Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula,a Northern Rhodesian nationalist leader who assisted in the struggle for the independence of the country from the British colonial masters.
He said there is need for Zambians to reconcile with the past adding that the country is what it is today because of men and women who struggled hard for Independence.
And President Sata has expressed confidence that Mr.Chalabesa will perform to his expectations due to his vast experience in the office of principal private secretary.
The President further congratulated Mr. Chalabesa for his appointment and wished him well in his endeavors.
And newly appointed principal private secretary Francis Chalabesa pledged to pay allegiance to the Republican Constitution and work to serve the Zambian people.
Mr. Chalabesa served in the same capacity for a decade under late second Republican President Fredrick Chiluba’s reign.