LUSAKA Mayor, Miles Bwalya Samoa last month announced that he would name one of the streets in Lusaka after soccer icon Kalusha Bwalya aka Great Kalu.
Apparently, there is a trend in Zambia to honour legends long after they have gone, that is honouring them posthumously. This is not right.
When the mayor made the pronouncement, this was received with mixed feelings. Some people were in favour of the idea whist others were against it.
The crux of the matter is that Kalusha Bwalya, the Zambian soccer legend and 1988 Africa footballer of the year immensely contributed to the development of football in our country.
If the above is not good enough, Zambia won the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) under Kalusha as the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president. This was indeed a milestone achievement.
The stadium for Kabwe Warriors Football Club and one of the streets in Lusaka’s Nyumba Yanga residential area are named after late football legend Godfrey “Ucar” Chitalu as a way of honouring him though posthumously.
It is a well-known fact that many people, both living and dead have contributed something worth remembering; it can be in politics and sports, among others.
Of course naming of the streets in Lusaka after the legends is a gradual process. Last year, Mayor Sampa named one of the streets in Lusaka’s Kabwata Township after the late musician, Paul Ngozi.
Over and above everything else, Mayor Sampa is right to name one of the streets in Lusaka after the living soccer legend Kalusha Bwalya. There is nothing sinister about it. Keep it up Father of the City with the good works.
ELEMIYA PHIRI, Lusaka.