Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi is set to take on his Home Affairs counterpart, Ignatius Chombo, in Cabinet on the issue of police’s heavy presence on the country’s roads, which he says is deterring tourists from visiting the country.
A boisterous Mzembi yesterday promised that the issue would be dealt with. “The concern is about excessive presence of police,” he said. “I am back. The boy is back in town. The issue will be dealt with.”
A visitor exit survey (VES) done by the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstat), released in February this year, said harassment by the police constituted the highest percentage of reasons why leaving tourists would not recommend the country to potential visitors at 43,2%.
This was followed by harassment by Zimbabwe Revenue Authority officers at 14,7% and harassment by Immigration was at 8,7%.
“We will mainstream it through the Cabinet. Whatever what the survey (VES) is talking about must not be seen as an affront,” Mzembi said.
VES surveyed 38 680 foreign tourists over a 12-month period between 2015 and November 2016.
Zanu-PF secretary for administration Cde Ignatius Chombo has been dropped from a high level team visiting Mashonaland Central today to resolve differences stemming from a petition signed by the province against national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and his brother Cde Dickson Mafios.
Cde Mafios is the acting Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairman, but was recently suspended after the provincial executive issued him with a prohibition order.
Reasons for Cde Chombo’s sudden exclusion were not clear by yesterday.
The four member team is now being led by Cde Jacob Mudenda, who is also a Politburo member and Speaker of the National Assembly.
Other members of the team are Cdes Simon Khaya Moyo (secretary for information and publicity), Tsitsi Muzenda (Committee member in the Politburo) and an official identified as Cde Kazizi.
Zanu-PF director of administration Cde Dickson Dzora will be the minute taker at the meeting that is strictly going to be attended by provincial members and those who constitute the Provincial Coordinating Committee.
Initially, Cde Chombo was leading the team that was supposed to meet last Sunday before the meeting was postponed to today.
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