TODAY marks exactly 12 years since the former Zambian president His Excellent Levy Patrick Mwanawasa State Council died in 2008 in Paris, France.
To the soccer loving Zambians, his name will never perish. He left them with the magnificent piece of Zambia’s first ever ultra modern stadium, The 49,800 seater Levy Mwanawasa Sports Stadium in Ndola.
He never lived to see the stadium but he was recognized as the one who made it possible and it was named after him during its opening in 2012 by the late president Micheal Sata.
Other major things named after him due to his efforts are Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, Levy Junction Business Park Shopping Mall [both in Lusaka], and Levy Mwanawasa bridge on Luapula river across the international boarder with DR Congo.
He was born on 3rd September 1948, elected as 3rd Republican president in 2001 and died on 19th August 2008 during his second term in office. He was put to rest on 3rd September [his birthday] in 2008 at the Embassy Park.
Chipolopolo, who were once a laughing stock across the continent due to poor infrastructure, are now playing in one of Africa’s finest stadia.