GOVERNMENT says it will look into the controversy surrounding the proposed
construction of Legacy Hotels in Livingstone.
Southern Province minister Daniel Munkombwe said government will not allow competing interests to sabotage other developers.
He said this when he paid a courtesy call on Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka-Leya in Kazungula today.
Mr Munkombwe said it was worrying to note that earlier developers in the tourist capital are making it difficult for others to invest.
”Government will not allow competing interests to sabotage others that will come up. It is a source of worry to us that those who came early into the tourism fraternity are trying to frustrate new ones,” he said.
Mr Munkombwe said it was only fair that the National Heritage and Conservation Commission (NHCC) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) realise that the more hotels are built, the better for the economy of Livingstone and the country as a whole.
He said he would liaise with the relevant ministries on the need for expansion and to create more hotel bed capacity before the 2010 world cup to be hosted by South Africa.
Speaking earlier, Chief Mukuni said Livingstone required more hotels to be built before the 2010 world cup.
Senior Chief Mukuni said the construction of Legacy Hotels in Livingstone would help boost the country’s economy.
The traditional leader said it is important for government to intervene in the matter because the hotel was still awaiting policy direction from the National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA).
Chief Mukuni wondered why David Livingstone hotel has been allowed to be constructed a hotel in the same locality while Legacy has been stopped.