MINISTER of transport, communication, works and supply Christopher Yaluma has said the works that are going in the tourist capital ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) preparations are very disappointing.
Yaluma was speaking in Livingstone yesterday when he toured projects that are being done ahead of the UNWTO conference slated for August this year, he said the technocrats are failing to giveconcrete answers to what the status quo is, as they are just giving open ended answers about the questions.
“I am not impressed with the works that have been done, if you look at the maramba cultural village it link the people’s culture to the tourists,” he said
I am also disappointed with the road works as by now I expected that the Mosi oa Tunya road would have been done, as we do not expect the road in the state that it is by now,” he said.
Yaluma said the officers that are going to contribute to the failing of the projects by not being done on time would face the full wrath of the Government.
He said the Government will not spare anyone that will cause the government to be embarrassed to the international community.
“We must provide proper structures so that the people will have a lasting impression about the country,” he said.
He said it is sad that the market has not yet been done. Yaluma said there is need for the officers to quicken the works as the infrastructure plays a critical role in the development of tourism.
“We also bear in mind that we are competing with Zimbabwe,” he said.
The minister said he is impressed with the works that going on at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula international terminus.
He noted however that when someone looks at the face value of the project, it is not convincing that the project would be completed on time.
He directed the managing to constant check on the project every weeks so that the challenges that would encountered along the way would be resolved in the quickest possible time