Can we con­sider Mzembi in our ex­ploits?

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDI­TOR — The AU re­cently en­dorsed Min­is­ter Wal­ter Mzembi as the can­di­date for the UNWTO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral post, which has not been held by an African in a very long time.

This is a golden op­por­tu­nity for African coun­tries and Zim­babwe to be sub­stan­tially rep­re­sented on global tourism dis­cus­sions with an equal if not dom­i­neer­ing voice.

Iron­i­cally the only peo­ple in the con­ti­nent who seem to be against the nom­i­na­tion are some Zim­bab­weans.

In the run up to the elec­tion, Zim­bab­weans are em­bark­ing on a wave of hap­less protests led by cun­ning civil so­ci­ety lead­ers who pro­voke the po­lice with a view to play­ing the vic­tim card. The con­trived scenes of un­rest be­ing shown on the in­ter­na­tional me­dia can po­ten­tially work against Min­is­ter Mzembi’s bid. Peace is one of the key draw­cards for tourism. Well, in case that some have not been fol­low­ing the trends in the econ­omy, the tourism sec­tor is one of the few sec­tors which have with­stood the tur­bu­lent eco­nomic times we find our­selves in. Now that the Min­is­ter is try­ing to strate­gi­cally po­si­tion him­self to add more value to the al­ready per­form­ing in­dus­try, some choose to en­gage in ran­domised protests. Are we not be­com­ing our own en­e­mies?

Im­pe­ri­al­ist coun­tries envy our nat­u­ral land­marks and will do any­thing to try and dis­credit Zim­babwe in the eyes of prospec­tive tourists. This is why am­pli­fied re­portage on the so-called Zim­bab­wean tur­moil is top­ping the agenda of most of their me­dia en­ti­ties. Un­for­tu­nately, some lo­cal jour­nal­ists and so­cial me­dia users are con­tribut­ing to their sin­is­ter ex­ploits, play­ing the devil`s ad­vo­cate.

Now, if the tourism sec­tor takes a knock our brothers and sis­ters work­ing there are go­ing to find them­selves out of jobs. This will be an op­por­tu­nity for hash­tag ac­tivists to la­ment the loss of jobs, ig­nor­ing the self de­struc­tive role they played in weak­en­ing the in­dus­try.

Let us not be ouw own sabo­teurs. These ill-ad­vised gath­er­ings are in di­rect con­tra­dic­tion to Min­is­ter Mzembi and the Gov­ern­ment`s ef­forts to keep the tourism in­dus­try afloat. Jerry Ncube, Bu­l­awayo

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