Mujuru gives thumbs up to UNWTO preps

Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru

VICE-PRESIDENT President Joice Mujuru has given the thumps up to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO) General Assembly preparations, saying indications are that everything will be in place by Wednesday.

Richard Muponde

Speaking after touring the Victoria Falls Hospital and the Victoria Falls Marque Convention Centre at the Elephant Hills on Friday, Mujuru said progress was encouraging, adding that she had seen that all systems will be in place by next week, two weeks before Zimbabwe and Zambia co-host the international event.

“So far the progress is impressive and the equipment is arriving, we are on time. I can see everyone is working like ants. Like Mujuru chaiwo (Shona name for white ants),” Mujuru said.

“I am told that by next week, Wednesday, it will be done. I will come back next week to see how far we would have gone. Even at the hospital they will be done by next week same like at the convention centre.”

Meanwhile, Mujuru said sport will go a long way in promoting the resort town of Victoria Falls as a destination of choice. She was speaking soon after teeing off at 10:34am at the UNWTO invitational golf day held at the 18-hole Elephant Hills Golf Course yesterday.

The invitational tournament was held to promote the country and Victoria Falls ahead of the forthcoming UNWTO General Assembly that will be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia from August 24-29.

“I am very excited because this is also the only second time that I get to play golf. I have never been a sports person myself, but I believe after today I will become a keen golfer,” she said.She said the event will entice people within and outside Zimbabwe to cherish the country and this will help to bring in more visitors.

Mujuru led a field of 100 players, made up of 25 four team players in a tournament that is using Four Ball Better Ball format. After taking teeing at a tee box sponsored by NetOne, Mujuru was followed by the deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Douglas Mombeshora, Col Katsande and Formula One race driver Axcil Jeffries. P.S results and other speeches will be done at 7pm.