Ninety seven percent of preparatory works for the co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly this month billed for Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town has been done.
Southern Province Permanent Secretary Bernard Namachila says the remaining three per cent of works account for final touches.
Mr. Namachila has since declared Livingstone ready for the global tourism event.
He said this at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone a few days ago when he received First Lady, Dr. Christine Kaseba who touched down mid morning.
The Permanent Secretary says no one should doubt the capacity of Livingstone and Zambia in general to co-host the UNWTO General Assembly.
Dr. Kaseba is in Livingstone to launch the three week long Health Check ups Campaign for local residents ahead of the UNWTO General Assembly.
She is accompanied by health minister Joseph Kasonde and Community minister Joseph Katema.
The First Lady will also lead some Livingstone residents in cleaning the city as part of the preparations for the UNWTO General Assembly before returning to Lusaka on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there was drama at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula Airport when a State House Police Officer barred several journalists from entering the airport VIP lounge where the First Lady was meeting some Ministers and other senior government officers.
While the First Lady’s Protocol Officer was calling on the journalists who included reporters from ZNBC, Times of Zambia, ZANIS, Daily Mail and others from local community radio stations, the officer in plain clothes who was manning the door barred them.
The Police Officer insisted that they cannot go in because he was not given a final go ahead to allow the media.
The officer who was shouting went on to threaten journalists that he will ensure that they have no access to the first lady as Livingstone based heads of security wings and PF party women watched.
Pointing a finger, the security officer threatened to deal with a ZNBC reporter warning him that he will never stand his presence every time he see’s him.
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|Other 3%||For final touches|
|UNWTO dates||24th – 29th August 2013|
The officer also chased away the PF women who had lined up to greet the first lady.
The journalists were only allowed into the VIP lounge as the First Lady was preparing to leave.
The Road Development Agency -RDA- has completed the rehabilitation of 53 point 2 kilometers of selected urban roads in Livingstone ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation-UNWTO- General Assembly.
RDA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Chiwala says the project included rehabilitation of 40 Kilometers of urban roads and 13.2 kilometers of the main Mosi-oa-tunya road.
Mr. Chiwala was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka.
Date: 31 July 2013