The tourism minister of Zimbabwe, Walter Mzembi has a conviction that the one way Zimbabwe can rescue its tourism sector is to have President Mugabe and Queen Elizabeth II talk over tea.
The Telegraph reports that Mzembi made the request for President Mugabe and Queen Elizabeth II to have a vis-a-vis meeting during his campaign for the leadership of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in London.
“[The UK and Zimbabwe] are so much in love with each other. [There has been] some kind of love-hate relationship born out of a family feud,” Mzembi was quoted as saying.
Zimbabwe is blessed with a number of tourist attractions including the Victoria falls, River Zambezi, parks and game reserves and so on. However, Zimbabwe-Britain relations have been strained over the years due to President Mugabe’s iron steel wield on the southern African country.
In February the EU renewed sanctions against President Mugabe. On the eve of his birthday, the European Union voted to extend its travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo against Zimbabwe for another year. The sanctions were first levied against Mugabe’s administration in 2002 over allegations of election rigging and human rights abuses.
The EU, however, took out a number of people on the sanctions list leaving only President Mugabe nd his wife, Grace on it. This led to a disagreement between Minister for Information, Communication and Technology and Courier Services, Supa Mandiwanzira and the UK ambassador to Zimbabwe.
“I must say that we did not quite agree on the issues of sanctions that there are those who have been taken off and only two people remain. These are the most important people in our country, and you can remove sanctions against Supa Mandiwanzira, and or this other minister and that permanent secretary, but for as long as the president and his wife remain on these sanctions it gives an impression and picture of that there is too much political risk,” Mandiwanzira said.