MPs slam Mzembi's Fifa World Cup bid

HARARE - Walter Mzembi, the Tourism minister, was yesterday asked by legislators to assure them that Zimbabwe had the capacity to host  the Fifa World Cup  in 2034.

Mandi Chimene, deputy Zanu PF chief whip, fielded the question, demanding that Mzembi clarify his statement that government was bidding to host the World Cup.

Mzembi told the legislators that he was confident  that the bid would be accepted by Fifa.

“I spoke to Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa and he told me that it was possible for Zimbabwe to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup as long as we keep on having such big dreams and vision,” Mzembi told the National Assembly.

“We are also encouraged by South Africa which managed to host it in 2010. South Africa had made a regional bid on behalf  of the region as they had promised to  bring some of the matches here, so we refurbished Rufaro Stadium,  Barbourfields Stadium and National Sports Stadium. But South Africa decided to host the matches in their stadiums. But we are glad that Brazil flew over and played against us.”

However, most of the MPs expressed their pessimism on the bid, referring to it as a pipe dream.

James Maridadi, an MDC MP, said it was better to aim to host the  continental tournaments rather  than  big  sports events.

Mzembi defended his stance, saying that there was need to plan ahead to host the event.

“I am disappointed with the pessimistic attitude from the MPs,” Mzembi said. “It is extremely unfortunate. Everyone in the nation should support this bid as I know that maybe the players who will play in that tournament might not yet be  born.”

Comments (33)

Whatever Mzembi smokes is not legal. World cup in Zimbabwe in this life time is a pipe dream. Its ok to dream big but dreams not supported by reality are no good for public policy.

Galore 123 - 10 July 2014

WHEN MZEMBI CLAIMED THAT THERE 1,2MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS OF HARARE DURING THE HARARE CARNIVAL I THOUGHT HE HAD SMOKED SOMETHING OUT OF THIS WORLD. BUT BEFORE TO EVEN IMAGINE THAT ZIMBABWE CAN HOST THE WORLD CUP SHOWS HE HAS ACTUALLY LOST HIS MARBLES. if THIS IS HOW IT IS TO BE REWARDEDIN POLITICS, ITS A SHAME TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!!

SHIBHOBHO - 10 July 2014

Asi yave World cup ye nhodo, pada kana kuti country game.

rasta - 10 July 2014

There is nothing wrong with mzembi, as long as he has the development planning matrix, I believe all things are possible. History is made by thinking outside the context where the majority see no breakthrough. Soldier on Mzembi

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 10 July 2014

Poppycock a load of rubbish I say.Cant even pay ZBC workers meagre amounts.Potholes everywhere dirty water,no electricity,hyenas, hospitals have no staff.one orthopaedic doctor in the whole country.

Guranyanga - 10 July 2014

There's a huge difference between hosting conferences and an event such as the World cup Mr Mzembi. In terms of national wealth and infrastructural development, Brazil is way ahead of us and yet they struggled to erect all the stadiums in good time. Can we achieve even a fraction of that in less than twenty years when your colleagues have admitted ZIMASSET will need over twenty years to bear any fruits? But then of course, you are allowed to dream.

Dr Know - 10 July 2014

I totally agree with the minister world cup to Zimbabwe business people see an opportunity were ordinary people see dissaster

trust phiri - 10 July 2014

I totally agree with the minister world cup to Zimbabwe business people see an opportunity were ordinary people see dissaster

trust phiri - 10 July 2014

I totally agree with the minister world cup to Zimbabwe business people see an opportunity were ordinary people see dissaster

trust phiri - 10 July 2014

I totally agree with the minister world cup to Zimbabwe business people see an opportunity were ordinary people see dissaster

trust phiri - 10 July 2014

This Mzembi guys does not seem to have the slightest idea what he is talking about. He does not even realize that the stadiums we have at the moment are in such bad shape that clubs are struggling to host international matches. Where will the gvt get the billions and billions needed for such an enterprise. It is good to have a fertile imagination, but this is going too far.

Chenjerai Hove - 10 July 2014

Takes 10 years to build a 20km strth of road from airport to cbd! Takes 16 years to dualise from Highfield Road to Mbudzi. And you dream of building all the infrastructure for world cup in a short 20 years? Kubhema mbanje chaiko! Nehumbavha hwenyu huya?

Tongogara - 10 July 2014

No comment!!!

Nkosi Mambo - 10 July 2014

Mzembi has every right to dream. What our economy is going through is not permanent and having long term goals is not a very idea. Instead of denigrating him we should put our heads together (i.e. some of us) and find ways to thwart corruption which will definitely stop us from attaining such high goals.

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yes - 10 July 2014

Nice dream. In terms of national wealth and infrastructural development, Brazil is way ahead of us and yet they struggled to erect all the stadiums in good time. so all that is needed is to plan as a nation.

ino - 10 July 2014

Well thought Mzembi. If it took 5 years for Brazil to build stadiums, it will probably take us 50 years. What we need to do is to plan, plan, plan.

Edzai - 10 July 2014

spoke to Fifa president Sepp Blatter during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa and he told me that it was possible for Zimbabwe to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup as long as we keep on having such big dreams and vision,” Mzembi told the National Assembly. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkest ....aah!

bhudhi - 10 July 2014

Sorry comrade minister, you did not understand the fifa president he was talking in parables.

deeds - 10 July 2014

And what happened to his "Disney in Vic Falls" plan? With ministers like him, Zim is going nowhere fast.

Mutengesimukuru - 10 July 2014

There is no need to castigate Mzembi. All we need to do is study our economic and social environment, see the direction we are going, and conclude if, be 2034, we would have the capacity to host the World Cup. We should also find out what it takes to be hosts, and if we are able to put together all what is necessary by then. It is the Mzembis who think strategically, and it is the Chimens who think only about the here and now. Unfortunately the here-and-now brigade can never even think about next week, and can therefore not take this country forward.

machakachaka - 11 July 2014

zviroto zviroto ngazviperere mukurota!!!

haya - 11 July 2014

dream big to achieve big. thumbs up Engineer Walter Mzembi

wind - 11 July 2014

Why do you guyz have to be so pessimistic. Do you seriously think kuti after 20 years we are going to be in the same position as we are right now. Ndimi muri kusmoka . If we work together this dream is very achievable. Well Done Engineer

Mwana Wevhu - 11 July 2014

@ Mwana Wevhu you know tthey say the past performance is the best indicator of future perfomanc. With this goverment in power I feel the decline will continue until ZIMASSET is fully implemented in 40+ years as predicted. Hapana chinombochinja especially as ZPF is saying will stay in power kusvikira madhongi amera nyanga. Engineer vanenge vanga va smoker apa

matombo - 11 July 2014

Manje soooooo!

Jose - 11 July 2014

i give up.we need new elections

tapera basa - 11 July 2014

The Hon Minister needs to attend many months of rehab for his weed / heroin / cocaine addiction. Twenty years from now we will be ALL be too busy sourcing water in filthy open pits...with little thought of hosting the World Cup. It is important to dream but it is also important to have an established historic track record for such high ambitions. The minister also does the nation as disservice when he engages in dreams during parliamentary sessions !

pothashmbanje - 11 July 2014

vese vakuti zvinoita vanofunga kuti world cup kongovaka maground chete.

chatunga - 12 July 2014

there is nothing special about hosting 32 teams and their technical staff for a world cup. Not everyone in the world is going to come for the world cup. we can definately host a world cup, though not with the same excellence as brazil. so the Hon Minister is correct to talk abt this. Lets not be brain washed and think that we are as a nation too small to host a world soccer tournament. we have more than four ground that be refurbished to meet minimun standards for the tournament. the general infrastructure such as hotels, roads, airports, airlines are already available. If we realy want like any project to be successful the higher authorities should support the idea and lets beggin the work, if we miss 2034 we will be able to meet the next opportunity.

mk - 12 July 2014

the MPs are correct. For Zimbabwe, hosting the WC is not a priority. 2034 from now is just too near to imagine. An Engineer is supposed to be strategic in his thinking, that is, come up with a plan which is feasible given existing infrastructure, resources, time and the position of the organisation compared to others in the same market. To say the Engineer is getting his priorities wrong may be an understatement. The current environment makes it difficult, if not possible to have an host of our nation successfully bidding. On top of that, with the current levels of unemployment and poverty, who goes to the stadiums? twenty is too short a time for that given our position right now

snowden - 12 July 2014

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