United Nations World Tourism Organisation

From : Newsday.co.zw

13 July 2012
By : Richard Muponde
The expansion of Victoria Falls District Hospital is yet to start despite government having allocated $6,9 million for the project.

Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane told NewsDay in an interview yesterday that the project was part of preparations for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) Assembly.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will in August next year host the UNTWO Assembly in Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Jiyane, who also chairs the Local Organising Committee for UNTWO, accused the LOC sub-committee on Health and Environment of sabotaging the hospital project.

He said he had since taken up the matter with Matabeleland North governor Thokozile Mathuthu.

“The government released $6,9 million towards the Victoria Falls District Hospital expansion project, but as the LOC chairperson let me hasten to say that I am not happy with the progress at the hospital,” Jiyane said.

“It is not the issue of unavailability of funds because the money is there.

“It’s just that there are saboteurs along the way. Some papers haven’t been signed for the supply of building materials.”

He said a company contracted to supply bricks had not fully done so because of non-payment.

“There was a company that won the tender to supply 300 000 bricks and delivered 100 000,” he said.

“According to the tender agreement, the company should have been paid for the delivered bricks but they are yet to receive payment and now there is a shortfall of 200 000 bricks.”

Jiyane said the matter was now being dealt with at ministerial level.

Mathuthu was not available for comment yesterday. The hospital project is one of many initiative being carried out to spruce up the resort town ahead of the event.

Jiyane said next month, UNTWO secretary-general Taleb Rifaiis would be in Victoria Falls to check on progress made, making it imperative for all stakeholders to play their roles.

Zimbabwe and Zambia won the bid co-host next year’s conference where delegates from at least 176 countries are expected to converge.