ZIMBABWE traffic cops are set to undergo “smiling” and friendly lessons to ensure that they treat visiting motorists with kindness and not scare away tourists, Home Affairs deputy minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said last week.
Ziyambi told Senators that the training would be jointly conducted by the Home Affairs ministry in collaboration with the Tourism and Hospitality ministry.
He condemned the harassment of foreign tourists by traffic cops and said they would undergo training to learn to be friendly.
“What we are doing is that we are working with the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry to have police officers who are trained to be friendly to our tourists because we value our tourists and we want to give them a warm welcome to Zimbabwe, especially during the festive season,” Ziyambi said.
Police are known to mount several roadblocks on roads from the country’s border post targeting mostly foreign-registered vehicles.
“We are going to have police officers with bibs indicating that they are tourism police officers. So we are working hand-in-hand with the Tourism and Hospitality Industry ministry so that we promote this friendly environment and we have our police officers policing in a friendly environment and we do not condone any harassment of foreign tourists.”
Zimbabwe tourism has turned the corner, as statistics show the number of tourists visiting the country keeps going up.