Book on Aviation in Zambia launched
Lusaka, December 02, 2014,ZANIS —– Government says Zambia’s aviation industry have been chronicled in a new book launched today explaining the history of the aviation industry in Zambia.
Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Deputy minister Panji Kaunda says aviation is not only about aircraft, airports and routes but also includes the people of this nation.
Col. Kaunda explains that Aviation t includes the people in the sense that it involves the expertise, professionalism and dedication of people that put Zambia on the world aviation map.
He stated that it is these people’s attention to service and hard work that created the most important transport hub in the region .
He noted that it is their patriotism that created a genuine sense of national pride that stays with the people of Zambia today.
The minister said this in a speech delivered on his behalf by Director of Transport Nelson Nyangu during a launch of the book on Aviation in Zambia.
Col. Kaunda lamented that the aviation sector has been both a mirror of the highs and lows of the country, and a sharper of the economic growth, providing a key gateway between Zambia and the rest of the world.
He added that the book charts the evolution of the industry from the point of view of some of the stalwarts who have helped build the nation’s airlines, its infrastructure and its future.
Col. Kaunda stated that the book is intended as a celebration of the sector, its people, their memories, and how they touched the lives of everyone in Zambia by helping to drive economic growth and put the nation on the world map.
He added that the aviation sector is the backbone of the transport and communication links for any country, particularly a landlocked one such as Zambia.
The book is co-authored by Whiteson Chenge, Jacob Chisela, Chitalu Kabalika, Capt. Kenneth Kabungo, Philip Lemba and Newton Mbazima..
Other are Maj. Charles Mutantabowa ,Rtd, Kenneth Sunga Silavwe and Capt. Gerald Tembo.
The book in question takes Zambia’s Golden Jubilee as a timely vantage point from which to look back at the history of the sector.