PRESIDENT Michael Sata yesterday honoured PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba and several others for the various services they have rendered to the country.

And President Sata yesterday pardoned about 2,318 prisoners countrywide.

During cerebrations to mark the Africa Freedom Day at State House yesterday, President Sata honoured Kabimba with the order of distinguished service first division, for the services he rendered to the nation in the local government.

Others that were honoured include former Kasama Catholic Diocese Archibishop James Mwewa Spaita and retired Mansa Catholic Diocese Bishop Aaron Chisha.

President Sata also honoured former UNIP secretary general Grey Zulu, Mama Betty Kaunda, Betty Chilunga, Peter Matoka and Alina Nyikosa, with the order of the eagle of Zambia, second division, for the services they rendered to the nation during the liberation struggle.

Others honoured with the order of the grand companion of freedom, first division were Timothy Walamba and Rankin Sikasula.

Zambia News and Information Services journalist Wamunyima Muwana was also honoured with the president's medal for meritorious achievement.

The president's medal for gallantry went to Ndola-based Zambia Army sergeant Patson Chanda for saving 12 children who were in a bus that plunged into the Kafubu River.

Marx Chindele was also a recipient of the president's medal for gallantry for capturing the 1997 attempted coup de tat on video.

And speaking to journalists after being honoured, Kabimba said he was caught unawares by President Sata.

He said the honour came to him with an extreme sense of humility because the President, the PF and the government recognised the little service he had offered to the nation.

"For me this honour is not mine, it is for all those members of the PF, my family that have rendered support to me in all that I have gone through up to this stage which works have been part of the recognition of this honour," said Kabimba.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Chanda said he thanked God for his recognition by President Sata.

Sergeant Chanda urged his fellow soldiers to be brave and courageous and follow military ethics in their day-to-day lives.