PAN-AFRICAN SERIES: Lusaka Zambia’s Capital



By

Yohane Mbeeya Moono

Zambia is a former British Colony and is located in the Central-Southern part of Mother Africa. The country has many sons of the soil who left an indelible mark on the African continent. Names like Kenneth David Kaunda and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe come to mind upon the mention of Zambia.
In 1935, the British Overseas Military Administration ( BOMA) moved the Political and Administrative capital of Northern Rhodesia from Livingstone in Southern Province to Lusaka which is more centrally located compared to Livingstone.

Lusaka befits to be the Capital of this Great African country. The country has a number of landmarks which conform to the statutes of Pan Africanism. A road in the Zambian Capital has been named after the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa which is the Addis Ababa Drive. One of the busiest roads in Lusaka has been named after the Egypt Capital Cairo and this is the Cairo Road and goes on to connect with the Ben Bella Road at the Kafue Traffic Circle.The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) headquarters are situated on the road named after Algerian Pan Africanist and President Ahmed Ben Bella. This is the Ben Bella Road and Connects with the Lumumba Road to the West.

Furthermore, the Former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Salasie is fondly remembered in Zambia through the Haile Salasie Avenue in the heart of the Corridors of Zambian Authority. Coincidentally it also connects with the Addis Ababa Drive at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Traffic Circle. The Somalian Capital Mogadishu is also named in the Zambian Capital. The Ministry of Education in Lusaka is followed by the Mogadishu way. Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba also remembered as a road in the business lane of the capital with the Lumumba Road.
Kenyan Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi is among the notable African greats that are fondly remembered in the Zambian Capital. The Dedan Kimathi Road is the name of the way that keeps the memory of this African great. Another is former South African President, Thabo Mbeki who also has a road named after him. South African Anti-apartheid icon and first Majority elected President Nelson Mandela has a school named after him in the Zambian Capital. Three East African Cities have also not been left out in Lusaka. There is a Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Kampala ways.
Other Pan African landmarks in the country include the Independence Avenue, the Freedom Way, ChaChaCha Road which was a pro- independence slogan to denounce the British Colonial rule in Zambia. It emanated from the Northern Region of Zambia. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta has a way named after him that leads motorists and pedestrians to the Embassy area mainly The Botswana, Malawi and Tanzanian embassies. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta is the founding father of independent Kenya.
This African City deserves a name in the Pan African History because these are forever etched in the History of the African people and the Zambian people too.

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