The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Walter Mzembi, on Friday ordered the removal of all campaigning material of the just-ended disputed harmonised elections in Victoria Falls ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.
Mzembi said the election posters of candidates from Zanu PF, the two MDC formations and independent candidates were now an eyesore in the resort town.
The UNWTO General Assembly is scheduled for August 24 to 29 which Zimbabwe co-hosts with neighbouring Zambia.
Speaking at a banquet hosted by Vice-President Joice Mujuru for participants to the UNWTO Victoria Falls Invitational Golf Day on Friday night, Mzembi said he had discovered that the resort town was clean, as residents were not throwing litter everywhere.
“The town is very clean. I want to thank the city fathers for a job well done for keeping this town clean ahead of the UNWTO conference. It gives a good picture of what kind of people we are,” said Mzembi.
“But having said that, I want to say all campaign posters which are plastered on buildings and on trees should be removed before we host the conference. Make sure that is done.”
The resort town was littered with campaign posters, especially those bearing President Robert Mugabe and his leading contender, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mzembi also revealed that there were plans to transform the Victoria Falls to match as well as compete with the Niagara Falls in Canada.
Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.
“That’s the best way to market our resort town of Victoria Falls. This is our aim after successfully hosting UNWTO. We want them to have fond memories of this place,” said Mzembi.