Mugabe's house to become tourist site

2012-10-18 11:40

Cape Town – Zimbabwean ministers have approved plans to spruce-up old homes of pre-independence nationalists to promote township tourism, a move criticised by a political analyst as "lack of agenda and a case of misplaced priorities" by government. reported on Wednesday that Finance Minister Tendai Biti was expected to allocate funds for the project - which could run into millions of dollars – in his 2013 budget, due to be announced on 15 November.

The properties due for a facelift include President Robert Mugabe's house in Harare's Highfield suburb, as well as houses used by the late vice president Joshua Nkomo, former Zanu leader Hebert Chitepo and Zanu founder Enos Nkala.  

According to the report, the project was inspired by "township tourism which has been successfully promoted in South Africa, with several homes of anti-apartheid icons in Soweto being converted to tourist sites".

Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said the plan had already sailed through cabinet.

Political analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya however slammed the proposal, saying it demonstrated government's skewed priorities.

"It’s a clear lack of agenda and a case of misplaced priorities," he said.

"How can they prioritise renovating those houses when the economy is bleeding with an unemployment rate of over 80%, when universities have no ablution facilities?"

Finance Minister Biti was on a regional tour recently begging Zimbabwe’s neighbours to advance loans of up to $400m as he tried to bridge a deficit from his last budget.

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-10-18 11:47

    Great! That'll be like visiting Hitler's bunker.

      erich.goosen - 2012-10-18 15:15

      So Harare is also getting its own Madame Tussouw, or is it Chamer of Horrors?

      Shaun - 2012-10-18 19:38

      if you want to see where mugabe came from go to the jungle and look in the trees.

  • sunette.bridges.9 - 2012-10-18 12:00

    LOL! Don't you actually need tourists to create these special attractions for?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-18 12:38

      sunette, LOL my thoughts exactly, first they need tourists, why the hell would you want to spend 1 second of your visit wandering around that despots house, as Chris says it would be like visiting Hitlers bunker.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-18 12:57

      But Sunette, you don't get it! The ANCYL got 500 000 members, that equals to 500 000 tourists!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-18 12:02

    So you get a country that is poor, people are starving and fleeing and you don't even bother to use your own currency anymore, but you want to spend millions fixing old houses for tourism? A) Who even goes to Zimbabwe on a holiday anymore and B) what an insult to those who are living in mud houses and whatever else they sleep in (if anything at all)- surely there are better uses for that money?!

  • keith.steenkamp - 2012-10-18 12:02

    Last place I will ever see!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-18 12:58

      Hell, people don't even know how to spell...

      house.makeovers - 2012-10-18 14:02

      dont even bother to visit because you are a son of imperialists?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 07:29

      Who wants to stare at a house? Is everyone mad?

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-18 12:06

    F%$#king idiots... nothing will EVER change!!

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-18 12:17

    Surely no sane white person will even enter that racist backward country. I don't think Mugabe likes Indians or coloureds either. Maybe black guys who previously voted PAC or whatever extreme party would like to visit ZANU pf leaders houses.

  • crystal.core.5 - 2012-10-18 12:18

    When will the world stop this madness and put this dispicable individual on trial for crimes against humanity in an international court? If the UN gives this guy a seat on anything other than a toilet it will loose any credibility it may have left.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-18 12:27

    Funny that Malema did not pic this up, especially the 80% unemployment in his model state.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-18 12:59

      Yes, but the leader is stinking rich, so according to Malema maths it equals success.

  • mlamli.tshaka.7 - 2012-10-18 12:28

    President of United States of Africa viva Mugabe

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 12:29

    But now Minister Biti is also standing with arms and hands outstretched, begging for the funds to do this (and we can't even call it a waste of tax payers money because nobody is working!). I imagine the 20% employed are the members of parliament?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-18 12:29

    This objection cannot be valid because JU JU has told us that Zim is a wonderful and prosperous country, one that is leading the way in Africa. So what's wrong with investing a little money in these houses? Someones lying, and surely it's not Ju Ju. Would he lie to us?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-18 12:54

    lovely, now I have a place I practice my graffiti skills on.. die m'f'er die !

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-18 13:32

    I would rather read that Mugabe's grave becomes a tourist site, but then............ nobody would want to stand in line to urinate on it.

      ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-18 15:04

      ican only go for nice farting on top of that grave

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-10-18 15:27

    Tourism bring in foreign currency - go for it go.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 07:31

      You are seriously mad. Amidst unforgivable poverty they want to 'spruce' up a shrine of a dictator??

  • KennySven - 2012-10-19 01:37

    If Mugabe opens his hand(see picture above) he'll fall out the tree.

  • dick.macalumba - 2012-10-19 05:42

    Hahaha LOL !

  • zwelakhegeorge.myeza - 2012-10-28 10:07

    People must stop worrying abt Zimbabwe, look at your country. Seemingly U don't know the background of Zimbabwe from the colonialists. To people who don't know the history, Mugabe is mad.Once U know U'll understand why Mugabe is this person.Unfortunately, economically,Zimbabwe is struggling.

      Chibuli - 2013-03-10 09:34

      Wow! You've been brainwashed!

  • marcus.moyo1 - 2012-10-29 10:25

    Good idea to remember our heroes.

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