News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Mugabe opens refurbished airport

President Mugabe at the launch of the airport

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has commissioned the expanded airport at Victoria Falls which was built with a $150m loan from China.

The new airport means international tourists can now fly directly to Victoria Falls, a major tourist attraction and a World Heritage site, the president said.

It was opened in 1966 as a regional airport and work on the new expansion began in 2013.

President Mugabe said the upgrade would be a major boost to tourism and Chin’s financial aid showed the “enduring friendship” between the two countries, Africa  Review reports.

He urged people to “keep the airport tidy, clean, and let’s not mess it up with litter thrown everywhere,” Africa Review quoted Herald newspaper of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe did not refer to opposition claims that suspected security officials abducted six anti-government activists.

He also did not respond to the arrest of at least eight people who had planned to protest on Sunday to demand an end to the leader’s 36-year rule.

Vice President Phelekezhela Mphoko said at the occasion that the launch was an indication that the country was not going backward.

He called on the management to keep the facilities tidy so that it can attract the tourists expected,