Scrap visa requirements, Mzembi urges Zim

via Scrap visa requirements, Mzembi urges Zim | The Herald July 9, 2015

Zimbabwe should scratch entry visa requirements if it is to meaningfully achieve its $5 billion income from the tourism industry, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi told Parliament yesterday.

He said there was a need to balance security concerns and the desire to make it easier for people to enter the country.

He was responding to a question from Proportional Representative Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) who wanted to know what Government was doing to mitigate cases of deportations owing to visa requirements, which she said was hurting the tourism sector.

Minister Mzembi said his wish was to have an open border and open sky policy that enabled easy access to countries in the region and on the continent.

“If we are to meet the $5 billion economy, we have to review the aspect of regulation of entry through visas. What we dream for Africa, if vision 2063 is to succeed, it is free movement of people. If you enter Cape (Town), you should have entered Cairo,” said Minister Mzembi.

His dream, said Minister Mzembi was to have an electronic passport and visa by 2020.

A pilot project, he said, had since started in Zambia and would cascade to selected Sadc countries.

Gokwe Nembudziya MP Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena (zanu-pf) asked the effect of South Africa’s new immigration requirements on the $5 billion economy vision.

Minister Mzembi said the new requirements were not only affecting Zimbabwe but the South African tourism.

He said the new immigration regulations required that any person travelling to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 be accompanied by both parents, or an affidavit of another spouse confirming consent.

Minister Mzembi said he will soon raise the issue with South Africa at a Sadc Ministers of Tourism to be held at the end of this month in Angola.

Earlier, Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga had protested after one legislator shouted that she should pose her question in Shona and not Ndebele. This was after Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga posed her question in Ndebele.

“Did I hear you to be saying I should not use Ndebele?” asked Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Acting Speaker of the National Assembly Melody Dziva also told Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga to pose her question in either Shona or English for the benefit of Minister Mzembi whom she said did not understand Ndebele.

Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga proceeded to ask in Ndebele.

Minister Mzembi responded by asking Mrs Misihairabwi-Mushonga to ask her question in English for the benefit of a greater audience and those that did not understand Ndebele.

“I was born to a Ndebele mother and Karanga father. May I ask the Honourable member to ask her question in English for the benefit of greater audience here?” said Minister Mzembi.

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    it can also help if you don’t search every single person entering the country at the airport…
    goodness – talk about being desperate for a few dollars.

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    Was it yesterday, or the day before that we read of the chaos and corruption at Beitbridge?

    Cops harrassing drivers also don’t help. Zim could be a ewonderful holiday destination – but it isn’t

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    harper 7 years ago

    My family of five were charged $75 each to get off the plane in Victoria Falls – what value did they get in return? Visa was supposed to cover several countries but Zambians wanted an extra $20 each on entry. Victoria Falls is now horrendously overpriced and failing to provide value for the money spent – remember the law of diminishing returns. Obert Jambesi to note.