Zambia’s youngest most accomplished female pilot honoured by country’s president

Zambia’s youngest most accomplished female pilot, Besa Mumba, was honoured with the presidential Labour Award on workers day by the country’s president Edgar Lungu.

At 19 years old Besa Mumba shattered continental records by becoming Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot. After achieving this no mean feat, Mumba had no intention of stopping there; at 20 she reached the 1,000hour landmark while flying her Cessna Caravan aircraft on the Lusaka-Kasama route.

Her achievements and determination did not go unnoticed by the country’s highest power, the president. And thus she was conferred with the revered Zambian presidential labour award on the 1st of May.

Expressing her gratitude on receiving the award on her social media, Mumba wrote: “Today was amazing! I was awarded by His Excellency the President Of The Republic Of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu for my achievements and contribution in aviation so far.

I am humbled to have been recognized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on such an important day to be the recipient of an award of this calibre, the Presidential Labour award.”

Besa Mumba. All photos credit: Facebook/Besa Mumba

She went on to describe what the award means to her others especially young girls.

“To me, the hard-working young people and especially young Zambian girls who I know have the enthusiasm and most importantly the will to make our Country a better place through achieving our dreams, this means that our goals are still valid and can be attained.Nothing is impossible and there are no limits.

Thank you, your Excellency, the President Of The Republic Of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Honorable Joyce C.Nonde Simukoko, Minister of Labour and Social Security for according me this opportunity.

I am grateful,” she wrote.