‘Too many police roadblocks threatening tourism’

PLAYERS in the tourism industry have approached Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to intervene in reducing the “too many” police roadblocks on the country’s major highways, saying they stifle free movement of local and foreign tourists.

BY JAMES MUONWA

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Speaking on the sidelines of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe (HAZ) congress, which ends in Kariba today, HAZ president, George Manyumwa said his organisation was engaging relevant stakeholders to have the number of roadblocks reduced.

“There are too many roadblocks on our country’s roads and this is particularly not good for the hospitality and tourism industry,” he said.

“Generally, roadblocks hurt economic activity. Imagine, from Harare to Kariba it is not surprising to encounter 20 roadblocks.

“HAZ is negotiating with the police and we have also petitioned Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is seized with the issue of numerous roadblocks as well as inefficiencies at ports of entry (border posts),” Manyumwa, who is also Zimbabwe Council of Tourism vice-president, said.

Police have previously defended their heavy presence on the highways, saying this was meant to curb road carnage.

Manyumwa also said HAZ was lobbying for a special dispensation for the hospitality and tourism industry to have a reduction of value-added tax from the current 15% to 5%.

He said Statutory Instrument 64, which restricts the importation of certain classes of goods, should be an enabler for hospitality and tourism industry growth.

Manyumwa reiterated the need for a relaxation of statutory tax obligations that industry players had to pay to various government and quasi-governmental institutions.

“There is need to walk the talk regarding the ease of doing business in Zimbabwe,” the HAZ president said.


The congress, held under the theme Economic Recovery through Tourism and Hospitality, saw Manyumwa retained as HAZ president, while Innocent Manyere and Naume Size were re-elected first and second vice-president, respectively.

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5 Comments

  1. Those are thieves. Please dont fool us by saying you want to reduce road carnage. With or without those robbers,carnage occur.

  2. whyworryabouttourism

    Why even worry about tourism when the local citizens are tormented day in day out by the same police? Just this other day there was a headline where a prominent MP was carrying out a so called outdoor campaign towards pirate taxis?? Like seriously who in their right minds would want to be a pirate taxi driver if there were jobs in the environment. Not just jobs but rather an enabling environment.

  3. I am a zimbo based in the diaspora and I came back home after a while. I wanted to travel to all the “big or popular” resorts of yesteryear like Nyanga, Vic Falls, Great Zim and Triangle; but the number of roadblocks and the rude treatment I received on my first trip from Hre-Falls from the officers manning the roadblocks put paid to that. I was driving a non-defective modern car with all the required road trinkets. From Hre to Chegutu a distance of about 100km, there were about twelve different police sightings, including three that were very close to each other as I got to Chegutu (within a radius of 10km of Chegutu). Just at this 100km stretch, I got stopped about four times and the issues checked were the same:, driver’s licence, radio licence, spare wheel size, reflector type, whether the 3rd number plate was sticking properly to the windscreen. At each of these stops they would try by all means to find a case for you, completely spoiling my holiday mood. By the time I got to Bulawayo, I was totally in a foul mood and regretting my decision to visit the majestic Vic Falls (even though the Gweru-Byo stretch was much better in terms of the number of police on the road). On reaching Vic Falls I had lost actual count of the number of police sightings on the road but it was somewhere in the region of 40. After seeing the majestic Vic Falls, I dully cancelled my other planned trips because of the frustrations and inconveniences caused by the unnecessary roadblocks and rudeness of the officers. Coupled with the ridiculous prices charged by Zim hotels and resorts, Zim tourism is slowly being interred in the grave.

  4. Tips you are right the cost of a room in Zimbabwe is very very high, far much better facilities in South Africa you pay less than $100, corruption has killed our beautiful country

  5. I have saved up my holiday bond notes for a travelling-driving holiday in S.A. I ll exit the country at the nearest point l can (Byo-Plumtree 100km….Byo-Beitbridge 350km too far, enough cops). As soon as l step into Bots l ll meet only 4 roads blocks (Bisoli, Serule & 2 others just before & after Gabs towards Zeerust Border. In S.A l ll only meet cops at the point of entry & exit. There are virtually no road blocks …if you avoid N1……l ll visit Sun City, Cradle of mankind, Mpumalangas Gods window & plenty other spots. I cant be bothered to “Buy Zimbabwe” when it is so confused. The same frustrations we have on the road here are similar to what foreign investors face when trying to settle here. Its useless. We are hopelessly going nowhere slowly & confused while at it.

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