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.