This week, Zimbabwe's tourism minister Walter Mzembi announced plans to build a $300-million entertainment complex, which he described as "Disneyland in Africa".
Even though it hasn't been built yet, Mzembi is so excited about the project that he's already written the speech he's going to give at its official opening. SIMON ALLISON got an exclusive look at the transcript.
Distinguished guests and comrades, hello and welcome to Disneyland Zimbabwe! It is an honour and a privilege to be here with you on this auspicious occasion.
A special welcome to all the visiting dignitaries, most notably our guests from the African Union and SADC election observer missions - we thought we'd show you a real circus this time round!
It has taken us a long time to complete this ambitious project, and we have had to fight the regressive actions of the imperialist doom-mongers at every step, but our spirit remains unbowed and our great country now takes its rightful place amongst the top tourism destinations of the world.
With the opening today of Disneyland Zimbabwe, we can truly say that we are a Mickey Mouse country.
For many years, Zimbabwe has failed to maximise its tourism potential. Even with our...