President Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect given a green light for passenger aircrafts to start landing at Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Samora Machel Airbase in Mbala in Northern Province.
President Lungu said his move is aimed at boosting tourism and other economic activities in the region.
ZANIS reports that the Republican President announced this today when he addressed a presidential rally in Mbala’s Senga Hill area.
He said modalities of how the civilian planes will be allowed access to Mbala ZAF Airbase were being looked into by the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Transport.
President Lungu noted that a recent Defence and Security Council meeting also recommended for the opening up of the military airbase in Mbala to civilian passenger aircrafts to enhance accessibility to Northern Province.
And President Lungu has also disclosed that he is in the process of declaring Senga Hill a District.
The Head of State said he is just waiting for the completion of the logistical arrangements like the mapping process before making the pronouncement.
He however assured that people of Senga Hill that the District status will be granted as soon as possible according to their wishes.
President Lungu has since urged the electorates in Senga Hill constituency to vote for PF candidate in the April 14parliamentary by-election Kapembwa Simbao so that development can continue in the area.
The President was in Senga to drum up support for Mr. Simbao who is contesting the parliamentary seat against opposition UPND candidate Giles Yambayamba.
President Lungu has since left Mbala for the Copperbelt.