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Tendai Rupapa-Elderly reporter

ENVIRONMENT and Tourism Patron, First Lady Dr. Auxillia Mnangagwa, spoke yesterday at an introductory workshop for the secretaries of the ruling party for the environment and tourism, where she advised them on their duties and what is expected of them, including caring for the elderly in their areas and cleaning up their environment and planting trees.

She said environment ministers should be aware of their surroundings, what is of interest and how to conserve and protect these sites in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality and its other departments such as the Forest Commission, the Environmental Management Agency and ZimParks to just to name a few.

The First Lady underscored the importance of local dishes, which she says also attract tourists, and emphasized the importance of recreation centers and participating in clean-up efforts to help keep the environment clean, among other things.

The secretaries thanked Amai Mnangagwa for her address and said there was a need to learn from her and fully understand her role and reflect on environmental protection issues in order to equip her with knowledge for the development of their communities and the nation.

They said they would like to be in regular contact with the first lady to learn more.

Amai Mnangagwa, who is also Secretary for Environment and Tourism in Zanu PF’s Politburo, said the workshop was mainly based on the need to step up promotion of environmental protection and the tourism sector.

Environment and Tourism Patron First Lady Dr. Auxillia Mnangagwa is welcomed by the ZANU-PF Secretaries for Environment and Tourism during their introductory workshop in Harare yesterday. — Images: John Manzongo.

She implored the secretaries to embrace everyone in their communities and work with them primarily on planting trees to conserve the environment including forests, wetlands and potential tourist attractions.

“This workshop serves as a follow-up to the first exchange we had with provincial secretaries in February 2022.

“This introductory workshop provides an opportunity to improve the logical framework of the mandate we are drawing from our Party Constitution to address the changing dynamics around protecting the environment and building a sustainable future for the tourism sector ahead of the harmonized elections in 2023 “, she said .

The First Lady applauded the ruling party for this noble initiative.

“The wake-up call ahead is to use the given context of our mandate within the party structure to be a reliable lever for promoting the inclusive empowerment of our people in Zimbabwe. For this reason, all of us from our districts are here to discuss the landscape of the tourism sector to enhance its function in the country’s economic agenda while protecting our environment.

“As we are a majority political party in Zimbabwe, our share of decision-making must translate into quantifiable outcomes for the livelihoods of our people. Our leadership brand must be measured by equitable access to opportunities and resources,” she said.

dr Mnangagwa said the workshop is an opportunity to exchange, converge and disagree on the viable roadmap for harnessing tourism as a vehicle for economic transformation and development, as well as a mobilization tool for upcoming elections.

The year 2022, she said, will be a year of harnessing capabilities and aligning members to establish zones of excellence to heal the environment from a chain of disasters it has faced.

“As Minister for Environment and Tourism, I encourage you to seize this opportunity to fully integrate sustainable nature-based solutions into the overall biodiversity conservation landscape. However, such an approach requires not only that we achieve something as leaders, but also that we mobilize every person in our cells, branches, districts and provinces to unite and contribute to the healing of our country,” she said.

On her tours of the provinces, the First Lady said she was exposed to different cultures and traditions that formed as anchors of a great nation. The rich cultural motifs found in rural homesteads tended by women are not only ingrained cultural preservation, but compel them to perceive them as a medium of tourist attraction.

“The spaces are an alternative means to capitalize on tourism investment compared to the traditional tourism venues in Zimbabwe. So today I challenge you to think about other ways to mobilize people through grassroots tourism.

“Municipalities need to become active participants in modeling local tourism from the cellular to the provincial level. This is because much of our social heritage has the ability to attract tourist attention if packaged and marketed well. This will then create jobs for our youth and women and contribute to the socio-economic development of our country,” she said.

dr Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe’s culture and beliefs, which for the most part have been expressed through art, music and literature, can be preserved through the establishment of museums and galleries.

“Beyond museums and galleries, which are understood as tourist centers in a narrow sense, they are also founded to promote civic pride and they transport our ideological and philosophical concepts in an open way. As a department, our direction is to ensure communities are empowered to uphold their traditions and values.”

To ensure the sustainability and ongoing continuity of these projects, the First Lady said her office will establish a monitoring and evaluation tool for all projects. The tool will be able to measure and assess the impact of the projects on people’s livelihoods.

“As we position ourselves for a decade of economic growth to achieve upper-middle-income status by 2030, there is an urgent need for a strategy to develop a new type of economy and investment plan to embrace economic development opportunities that reflect their true value , to use holistically and culture,” she says.

As a health ambassador, the mother of the nation implored people to always dress up, disinfect and maintain social distancing to keep Covid-19 at bay.

She said vaccination and booster shots are the only way.

In addition, Amai Mnangagwa urged people to live in peace, love one another and avoid violence.

Zanu PF Harare Provincial Secretary for Environment and Tourism in the Women’s League, Cde Maidei Mujuru, representing Cde Abdul Sapa, Secretary for Environment in the Main Wing, hailed the First Lady for her interventions in environmental protection.

She said her department had been cleared up in some areas.

“Most of us have not understood our role as Minister for the Environment and Tourism. We took care of some environmental issues, but we missed more tourism. We needed this training from Amai and others involved. We have come here from the cellular level to the provincial level to be imparted with knowledge. We learned a lot from our mother today,” she said.

Undersecretary of Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Mr Munesushe Munodawafa said they had an informative meeting with the Mother of the Nation and environment ministers.

“This was a very informative meeting we had with the Ministers for Environment and Tourism in the ruling party and they took with great interest Her Excellency the First Lady’s programs in relation to afforestation, wetland management and cleanliness follows -up programs, also in relation to other themes related to our tradition, such as the traditional foods and themes even related to museums and national heritage.

“So we had a very fruitful discussion where the First Lady had an interactive session with them. We have all had fruitful guidance from Her Excellency on the various issues related to the environment. She also touched on issues that are now very relevant in Zimbabwe, the issue of human-wildlife conflict. We’ve even heard cases of people in Warren Park saying they saw a monkey invasion in their area. So these are all aspects of human-wildlife conflict that we need to address now. So that was a very educational and informative program that we had.

ZANU-PF Environment and Tourism Secretaries listen to First Lady Dr. Auxillia Mnangagwa, Patron of Environment and Tourism, during her introduction in Harare yesterday.

“Also important is the fact that as Harare Province they have now committed to launching the Harare City Greening Project in line with their vision.

“So we’re going to see that when the rainy season starts, the jacaranda trees and all the other beautiful trees we used to have will blossom so that Harare can be beautiful again and Harare can be cleaned up again. The focus has been on cleaning up the city and it has pledged to continue to lead on the front lines, but more importantly, Harare province has also taken it upon itself to now organize its own clean-up campaign in line with the declaration. ” he said.

The secretaries promised to take the knowledge they gained with them for the benefit of their communities.

They also commended the First Lady for taking a leadership role in protecting the environment.

Cde Elizabeth Begster thanked the first lady’s testimony; “We are grateful for our mother’s visit and all of her good words of wisdom she shared with us about the environment. She taught us to work hard. From here we will definitely run to the elderly to help them in our communities.

She stressed that we shouldn’t be ashamed to stand in front of the people who do our jobs for the environment, sweeping for the elderly, cooking healthy meals, planting trees and all the work our mother taught us. She has strengthened us in all these tasks, so we are grateful and promise to take on the tasks as instructed. As women, she also taught us to have good morals and educate our children about drug and alcohol abuse,” she said.

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