(Xinhua) -- Tourism promotion
authorities in Zimbabwe have engaged the police over the high
number of roadblocks which have been condemned by both local and
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief
executive officer Karikoga Kaseke told official news agency New
Ziana that the roadblocks had become an obstruction to the
tourism industry, hence the need to discuss the issue with the
"Roadblocks are among things that affect Zimbabwe’s image
from a tourism perspective.
"We are currently engaging the police over the issue.
"The tourism industry knows about the meetings and the
efforts we are trying to put in resolving this issue of
roadblocks," he said.
Kaseke said his organization had had several meetings with
the police over the issue and that the response had been
"We are now just waiting to see their words turn into real
action," he added.
A recent survey by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency
cited harassment by police at roadblocks as one of the factors
that were contributing to the country being perceived as an
unattractive tourist destination.
Even locals have been complaining about the roadblocks where
motorists could encounter as many as 10 between Harare and
Mutare, a distance of about 260 km.
Police have defended the high number of roadblocks saying
that they were for security reasons and also served to reduce
Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo said last weekend that
the police had set up an electronic traffic management system
that would assist in curtailing traffic offences and result in
the reduction of roadblocks.
Tourism has emerged as one of the most important and fastest
growing economic sectors globally as it stimulates new economic
activities which also impact positively on employment, gross
income and production.
Zimbabwe received 2.1 million visitors in 2015 and is
targeting to reach 5 million visitors, bringing in 5 billion
dollars in tourism revenue by 2020.
Group of 13 mourners die
in Zimbabwe omnibus accident
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Thirteen people died and four others were
seriously injured Wednesday night when a commuter omnibus they
were travelling in collided head-on with a South African
registered haulage truck in a highway in southwest Zimbabwe,
Police confirmed in a statement Thursday.
The statement said 13 people in the minibus died on the spot.
The minibus was traveling to Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe
with the mourners and a corpse.
"On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a
pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle.
He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicle,
resulting in a head on collision with the commuter omnibus,"
police spokesperson Charity Charamba was quoted as saying by
state broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.
The police appealed to motorists to avoid travelling at night
and to observe speed limits.
Most of Zimbabwe’s roads are in a deplorable state due to
years of neglect.
The heavy rains pounding the country since January have also
worsened the condition of the roads, with many now littered with
Government last month declared the capital Harare’s roads a
state of disaster and said it is seeking 100 million U.S.
dollars for emergency road repairs after floods damaged bridges
and some of the roads particularly in the southern part of the