Confusion as local tourists barred from Victoria Falls

There is an outcry in the resort town of Victoria Falls, as most local tourists are being barred from viewing the falls also known as Mosi -oa -Tunya by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority after failing to produce national identification cards.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority are not allowing entry to any local tourists with other forms of identification like driver’s licenses, passports and others, as they only demand national identification cards.

Radio VOP crew witnessed several Zimbabweans who had failed to produce national identification cards being turned away despite coming from faraway places like Mutare, Masvingo, Bulawayo and Harare with their families to view the magnificent falls.

“I have travelled all the way from Mutare with my family to come and view the Victoria Falls, but I am being barred from viewing the falls because I failed to produce national identification cards. They should have another way of assisting us, we should not be treated like this in our own country,” said Given Muchetu who had travelled all the way from Mutare to view the falls.

Muchaneta Hove a local tourist from Harare who was also barred from viewing the falls because she did not have national identification card blasted Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority staff saying “there were being selfish by barring locals from viewing the falls because of national identification card”.

When contacted for comment Caroline Washaya- Moyo spokesperson for Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said there were still in a process of upgrading their system at Victoria Falls entrance saying it will be efficiency very soon.

“The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is in the process of automating the pricing system at the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance gate. The only system is meant to result in efficient movement of visitors into the Rainforest,” said Washaya-Moyo.

Victoria Falls is one of the largest falls in the world and thousands of local and foreign tourists flock to view it every year.

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