The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

GWELO, Tues­day, Noven­ber 15, 1966 — The Mayor of Gwelo, Clr CJ Roux, told the Town Coun­cil tonight that it would not be un­rea­son­able to urge that the City Of Sal­is­bury should fi­nance the Ministry of In­for­ma­tion — “as it serves Sal­is­bury and no one else”.

Clr Roux, a sup­porter of the gov­ern­ment, con­fessed tonight that he had be­come so frus­trated dur­ing a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with a ministry of­fi­cial that he had put down the phone with­out com­plet­ing the con­ver­sa­tion.

His com­plaint was that towns such as Gwelo had to rely for their in­for­ma­tion of vis­its of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other coun­tries on ca­sual news items which ap­peared in the Press. When places such as Gwelo acted on this in­for­ma­tion and made moves to in­vite these vis­i­tors to their towns, they were told that the vis­i­tors’ itin­er­ary was full. “Of course it is full”, said Clr Roux. “These ar­range­ments for their vis­its are drawn up in this coun­try, and not by the in­tend­ing vis­i­tors.” He sug­gested that in fu­ture the seven mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties should be in­formed of such vis­its.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties could then con­sider whether they should is­sue in­vi­ta­tions.

“I have sug­gested this to the Ministry of In­for­ma­tion and I have re­ceived no co­op­er­a­tion at all . . . I have re­ceived noth­ing”, he said.

Clr Roux added that he had also con­tacted the Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, who had sim­ply replied that Maran­del­las had com­plained of sim­i­lar lines as long as 15 years ago.

He had heard ear­lier this month that a trade mis­sion ar­rived in Rhode­sia and he did his best, through the ministry, to get them to Gwelo.

This was the oc­ca­sion when he lost his tem­per with one of the sec­re­taries, as he was told that noth­ing could be done.

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