Zimbabwe Struggling To Set Up World Cup Fan Parks

This has left those provinces that have not benefited from private-funded parks like Matabeleland South, Mashonaland Central stranded.

 The consignment which is still stuck in China include 70 plasma screens and speakers.

The Government, through the Ministry of Tourism and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), had planned to establish fan parks that were meant to screen live all the games on big screens at designated areas around the country.

Engineer Walter Mzembi, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality said the equipment was stuck in Shanghai, China, as the Ministry of Finance was failing to release the amount required to airlift it into the country.

“We had planned to establish about 70 public viewing areas around the country but I am very disappointed that currently we still don’t have any because Minister (Tendai) Biti is failing to release the US$500 000 that is required to airlift it to the country,’’ said Eng Mzembi.

He said initially the equipment was supposed to come by sea because of its size but this would have meant that it would arrive in the country way after the World Cup.

Some fans have nevertheless benefited from privately funded fan parks like the NetOne fan parks that were recently advertised in the local media.

Provinces that benefited include Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Harare, Midlands, Mashonaland East and West, Manicaland and Masvingo.

The chances of the television arriving before the end of the World Cup on July 11 now looks remote.

 Zanu (PF) were also hoping to use the World Cup fans as platform to campaign.