27 December 2012

Zambia: Govt Releases K1.3 Billion for South Police Rehab

THE Government has released about K1.3 billion for the rehabilitation of some police stations in Southern Province ahead of next year's United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Livingstone.

Southern Province police chief Charity Katanga said the K1.3 billion would be used for renovation of selected stations with a bias towards Livingstone since it would be hosting the August 2013 UNWTO General Assembly.

She said in an interview that Victoria Falls and Airport police stations in Livingstone would soon be given a facelift following the release of funds.

"Right now, we have started renovating Division Headquarters in Livingstone. We are rehabilitating our buildings to ensure that they meet the standards befitting the hosting of such an event," she said.

Ms Katanga said holding cells were being renovated and constructed at Kalomo Police Station.

"This also applies to Monze Police Station where detention facilities are being built," she said.

She said the police were geared to provide maximum security with their Zimbabwe counterparts during the UNWTO General Assembly.

Ms Katanga said there would be training of some police officers in tourism related courses to enable them operate well during the United Nations global tourism summit.

"We are partnering with other stakeholders in trying to police crime and also update the website to advise people who may come during the UNWTO and also other people who may want to visit so that they know which places are secured and not secured," she said.

Ms Katanga said Livingstone Central Police, which previously did not have a vehicle, recently received a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser, while Libuyu Police Station was also given a vehicle.

"Monze Police Station also did not have a vehicle previously but it has now received one," she said.

Zambia and Zimbabwe are expecting a maximum of 4 000 delegates during the UNWTO General Assembly from August 24 to 29, 2013 in Livingstone and Victoria Falls Town.

This would comprise delegates from more than 180 memberstates, affiliate and associate members of the UNWTO, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the general travelling public.

The two countries have so-far agreed to share the costs of co-hosting on 50/50 basis, which means that each country would host about 2,000 delegates.

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