In his will, the Director of British South African Company, BSC, Alfred Beit, set aside trust funds to build Cairo Road, Independence Avenue, Lusaka City Airport, Supreme Court, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Office and the European Hospital then UTH.
Infact the name Cairo Road came about as a result of John Cecil Rhodes’s desire to build a road network from Cape to Cairo since Cairo Road was a link on the Great North Road.
Cairo Road houses FINDECO House, standing at 25 floors, INDECO Building, 19 floors, ZNBS HQ, 20 Floors and ZANACO Building standing at 21 floors.
I know of English named townships that originally have local names like Chelston who’s local name is Chakunkula, the name which a school in the area is named, Rhodes Park named after John Cecil Rhodes is Maluba. Northmead is Mutambe while Villa Elizabetha is Chiwalamabwe.
Talking of names, Libala is named after the Soli phrase Libala lya Kame meaning “my field”. There’s a tale on why residents used this phrase at the time of settlement in what was then maize fields.
There’s a tale on the name of Kabulonga. The tale has it that there lived a man called Buloongo and people used to refer to his wife as Mukabulongo but the British settlers had a had time pronouncing the name Mukabulongo and ended up been called Kabulonga.
The names John Laing and John Howard were names of farmers that settled in the areas. Kuku is said to have come from the “Cooks’ Quarters “.
It would be of interest to learn that Maina Soko Military Hospital in Woodlands is named after a 67 year old woman who was killed by a special and secretive unit of the Southern Rhodesia army at the height of the Liberation struggle on a canoe on the Zambezi river.
The road Dedan Kimathi is derived from a Mau Mau leader of the Kenyan Mau Mau group which formed an uprising aganist the British minority rule in that country.
Old Lusaka Boys School was the first government school built in 1908 and became operational in 1916 for the children of European farmers.
The first university was built in 1966, the University of Zambia, Great East Road Campus.
The old Post Office situated at the corner of Katondo Street and Freedom Way was the first Post Office to be built in Lusaka.
The official name for the famous Devil’s Street in Emmasdale is Florida Street.
Overtime, Chibolya compound has been known for the massive trade of anything the Drug Enforcement Commission is aganist while Matero Township has been best known for its skill in the business of forgery and certification of anything fake.