'Hospital in Zim loots over $1m'

There has been another blow to Zimbabwe's hosting of the UNWTO 's general assembly in August 2013.

A doctor examines a child. Picture: Irin News.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been another blow to Zimbabwe's hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO 's) general assembly in August next year, after reports that more than $1 million United States (US) dollars worth of funds have been looted.

The success of the conference is already being jeopardised by the controversial takeover of ranches in Zimbabwe's flagship Save Valley Conservancy.

Police are investigating a scam involving the fraudulent purchase of medical equipment for the Victoria Falls Hospital.

The sums involved are more than a million US dollars.

This was part of a $6.9 million package meant to spruce up the hospital ahead of the UNWTO conference in the resort town.

Zimbabwe fought hard to win the right to co-host the meeting with Zambia.

But the local tourism industry, including the Minister of Tourism, is worried Zimbabwe's credibility has been blighted because of the takeover of ranching businesses in the Save Valley Conservancy.