Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke has broken ranks with Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Walter Mzembi on the issue of roadblocks. Kaseke argues that roadblocks are good for tourism as they essential to maintain peace. This comes after Mzembi said that he was going to engage his cabinet counterparts on the issue of roadblocks which he argues are throttling the tourism industry.
Kaseke told online publication, New Zimbabwe:
Please visitors do not fear for your safety when you come to Zimbabwe; why are people saying there are too many roadblocks in the country?
These road blocks, to some extent, are also guaranteeing peace. The ZRP are renowned internationally for maintaining peace when they go on peace missions, our police always come out tops.
The Zimbabwe we have is not the Zimbabwe that they (tourists) hear of through the international media. The Zimbabwe that they are hearing about on the international media also shocks us.
For us we cannot form our own perception for our country, the Zimbabwe that we know is the Zimbabwe that is the most peaceful country. Peace is our selling point
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