Stakeholders in Samfya resort town call for development of airport in Luapula Province


There is need for the government to facilitate the construction of an airport in Samfya District of Luapula Province to promote tourism in the area.

In an exclusive interview with Zambia Monitor in Samfya on Sunday, Albert Mwila said Samfya beach was one of the country’s natural wonders which if marketed could facilitate economic progress.

Mwila who is a stakeholder in the tourism sector of the resort town said having an airport would mean tourists flying and spending their holidays rather than traveling by road.

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He said this made it difficult to attract the much-needed investments.

“The government should facilitate the establishment of an airport in Samfya so that investors start flying in because moving by road is proving to be a daunting task, roads are ‘hell run’ by the time a tourist reaches the beach is already ‘worn out’,” Mwila said.

Another stakeholder who also plies his trade in the hospitality industry in Samfya and Mansa backed Mwila’s call for an airport.

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“Even an airstrip will do so that tourists start flying directly into Samfya and sample the tourism sites, major among them Samfya beach,” Mwansa Musepa said in a separate interview.

Musepa said it was important for government to introduce activities that would make tourists spend more time in the district.

With the vast water base, he said tourists could spend up to three days on the water if proper vessels and services were to be introduced like what obtained in other countries such as South Africa.

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