Our past errors cost tourism: Mupfumira

  ZIMBABWE has lagged behind in many areas as a result of the global isolation for the past 18 years due to errors of the past, Tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. Mupfumira said this has undeniably left Zimbabwe’s once-rich sectors in a complete state of disrepair and disarray. “The tourism industry used to receive a contribution of more than 35% from the overseas market in the 1990s when tourism was at its peak and this contribution has since dropped to less than 10% of the international arrivals to Zimbabwe,”…

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Our past errors cost tourism –Mupfumira

Tourism minister Priscah Mupfumira

Zimbabwe has lagged behind in many areas as a result of the global isolation for the past 18 years due to errors of the past, Tourism minister Priscah Mupfumira has said. Mupfumira said this has undeniably left Zimbabwe’s once rich sectors in a complete state of disrepair and disarray. “The tourism industry used to receive a contribution of more than 35% from the overseas market in the 1990s when tourism was at its peak and this contribution has since dropped to less than 10% of the international arrivals to Zimbabwe,”…

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NEC ask Sierra Leoneans to be ‘patient’ as vote count continues

NEC  says vote counting is under way in Sierra Leone following the election yesterday – but with tensions rising, the country’s election chief is calling for patience. National Election Commission (NEC) Chairman Mohamed Conteh’s call came after police went to the office of the main opposition candidate, Julius Maada Bio, demanding it be searched after Wednesday’s vote. Police say they had received reports the office – which was being used as a temporary centre to monitor voting – was being used to hack into the system. Mr Bio and his…

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Mauritius starts impeachment of Africa’s only female president

The first female president of Mauritius, who is also the only serving female president in Africa, has been told to leave office after being implicated in an expenses scandal. President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been accused of spending tens of thousands of dollars of public money on personal purchases. According to reports in L’express newspaper, these include payments to a dressmaker in Italy, duty-free purchases in Dubai and a platinum credit card offered by the Planet Earth Institute, a foundation belonging to controversial Angolan billionaire Alvaro Sobrinho. Government ministers met on…

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Zimbabwe steps up engagement with ITB Berlin

Zimbabwe has stepped up its engagement with the International Tourism Bourse (ITB Berlin) in a strategy that seeks to make the country a top of the mind business and leisure destination in Southern Africa. By Wisdom Mdzungairi,Berlin ITB Berlin, which began on Wednesday and runs through the weekend –is the world’s leading travel trade show, and a major tourist source market for Africa attracting over 185 countries, 900 top buyers, 10 000 exhibitors, and 185 000 convention visitors. Tourism minister Priscah Mupfumira told African journalists and participants here that Zimbabwe…

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‘Kenya is broke’ says government

Kenya is “broke”, its Treasury says, and now plans to slash its budget deficit which reportedly stands at least 80bn shillings ($790m; £569m). BBC Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich made the comment at a senate finance committee yesterday, where he told senators to reduce budgets for each of Kenya’s 47 counties by up to 18bn shillings ($178m; £128m) within this financial year. “We are running short of revenue. There was a slow-down in business activities because of [last year’s contested] elections. We are now catching up,” he added. The International…

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Confidant of Israel’s Netanyahu turns state’s witness in corruption case

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A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country’s biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. TimesLive Shlomo Filber, who was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom, had been a personal appointment of Netanyahu’s to head the Communications Ministry. Police now suspect Bezeq received regulatory benefits, and in return, Netanyahu received favourable media coverage on a popular news website that is also controlled by Bezeq’s former…

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Nigeria Boko Haram: Some missing girls ‘rescued’ after school attack

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Some of the schoolgirls missing after a militant attack on a boarding school in northern Nigeria have been rescued by the military, officials say. About 100 children were believed to be missing after pupils and teachers fled into bush outside the town of Dapchi during the attack. BBC Parents told the BBC they had seen girls being taken away in trucks. The attack comes four years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok. In a statement, the Yobe state government said…

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Police killings no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole – ANC

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As condolences are pouring in for the families of the slain police officers in Engcobo‚ Eastern Cape‚ the ANC leadership in the province say that the incident indicates that the continued spate of police killings means that this is no longer a matter for police only‚ but for society as a whole. TimesLive The party reacted to the murder of five police officials and an off-duty soldier in a police station in the small town between Mtata and Komani. On Wednesday morning Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said…

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Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president

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NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 23: Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza gestures during an interview about talks about his career and his future plans in politics during an interview on February 23, 2017 in Nelspruit, South Africa. Mabuza confided that the time was right for him to move on from provincial politics. (Photo by Masi Losi) Mabuza looks set for role as deputy president Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has told his provincial cabinet that he will be vacating his office soon because of his new responsibilities as ANC deputy president. Mabuza looks…

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