STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
KABWE is poised to have an aerotropolis to sit on 5,200 hectares of land to enhance tourism in line with Government’s economic diversification programme.
An aerotropolis is an urban sub-region whose infrastructure, land-use, and economy are centred on an airport.
Kabwe town clerk Martin Daka said in an interview that the aerotropolis will have housing units, shopping malls, hotel complex and other supporting infrastructure.
Mr Daka said the idea of the aerotropolis is currently at the planning stage and will be executed using the private-public partnership concept.
“The developer of the airport, Henning and Harvey, is a South African firm and discussions are still under way,” Mr Daka said.
He said the focus of the airport is principally cargo because Kabwe is centrally located.
“Kabwe is right in the centre of production with major farms in Mkushi, Chisamba and so on. This means the airport will be able to facilitate the exportation of these farm products,” Mr Daka said.
Kabwe is transit town boasting of lead and zinc. It is also known to be the birth place of Zambian politics where the famous Mulungushi rock of authority lies.
The only aerodrome in the area is for the Zambia Air Force.