Tourists protected in Zim

policeHARARE - Zimbabwean police unveiled a new security campaign last weekend to protect tourists across the country.

At least 93 police officers graduated at the weekend as members of the Tourism Police Unit that will be deployed in central parts of the city and popular tourist spots countrywide.

“We will send officers to places where cases of theft and begging have become more frequent, Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri said in a speech read on his behalf by Senior Assistant Commissioner Mary Masango. The statement went on to say that the new police unit was dedicated to helping and looking out for tourists.

The 2010 FIFA World cup provides a rare platform for the country to market itself as a safe tourist destination despite bad media publicity the country has received in the past years, Masango said.

Zimbabwe Council of Tourism president Emmanuel Fundira said that without security, tourism would not register meaningful growth.

We commend the police for their good work and success stories of incident free events when the country hosted Brazil, a large brand in soccer, cricket test matches and other international event without people losing their lives as well as valuables, Fundira said.

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