Sata flags off KK airport expansion

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PRESIDENT Michael Sata yesterday laid a foundation stone to signal the commencement of the multi-billion Kwacha reconstruction and expansion of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka.

The largest airport in Zambia, once reconstruction is completed, would be transformed into a modern facility of international standard with a new terminal covering approximately 34,500 square metres designed as a two-storey building.
And first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda, after whom the airport is named, paid glowing tribute to President Sata for the phenomenal infrastructure developments the Patriotic Front (PF) Government Is undertaking across the entire length and breadth of the country.
After laying the foundation stone, the President directed China Jianx, engaged to reconstruct the airport, to ensure that the airport works were completed within the stipulated time.
“So now that this foundation has been laid, I want to see these works completed within 24 months. You say your work has been impressive for the past 25 years, well, let me see your work now,” Mr Sata said.
He said he had seen the Chinese build the Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) infrastructure and other facilities and challenged the Chinese contractor to show resilience in this particular project so that Zambians could continue seeing how hardworking they were.
“You will go faster to China than you came if you don’t work hard, we believe in hard work here. We have done the foundation, so we wait to see how you will work, you should finish within 24 months,” he said.
Dr Kaunda said the PF Government had started rolling out development to all corners of the country.
He advised Mr Sata not to be swayed by people he termed as ‘sick in their heads and thoughts’ because it was clear that the President and his Government would develop the country significantly.
Dr Kaunda asked every Zambian not to leave the burden of developing the country to Mr Sata alone because the task ahead was huge.
“Let every Zambian think properly, this remarkable project here will benefit everyone. I am humbled by this gesture, let him not work alone, let’s all join hands in helping him achieve his goals,” he said.
Mr Sata, Dr Kaunda and Chieftainess Nkomeshya also took part in planting Baobab trees before viewing the artistic impression of the airport.