Mayor retained as UNWTO chairperson

OUTGOING Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane was on Monday retained as the chairperson of the local organising committee for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.

Nduduzo Tshuma

Jiyane yesterday said he was no longer involved in UNWTO business following last month’s elections, but Tourism and Hospitality minister Walter Mzembi retained him at a meeting on Monday.

“We had a meeting on Monday, where Mzembi said I should continue chairing the local organising committee until the end of the meeting,” he said.

“He said I should continue working, even if I was no longer mayor.”

Jiyane’s first port of call will be the removal of election campaign posters. Mzembi directed they should be pulled down before the meeting.

“After Mzembi’s order, the people started removing posters, a councillor from Zanu PF organised about 15 youths to remove the posters in the city centre and road leading to the airport,” he said.

“The Environmental Management Agency has also embarked on a clean-up campaign, while the city council also has a cleaning department.

“These stakeholders will join hands and work together in removing posters to make sure all of them are pulled down.”

Jiyane said by today, teams were expected to have removed all the posters in the resort town.

The UNWTO General Assembly is scheduled for August 24 to 29 and Zimbabwe will co-host the summit with Zambia.

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