Zimbabwe: Renaming of streets after Mnangagwa sparks outrage
Zimbabwe has announced plans to rename some streets across the country after President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The said plan was approved by the country’s cabinet and forms part of proposed new names for streets and buildings.
The Herald reports that the new names will affect “roads, places and Government buildings in Harare, Bulawayo and other towns across the country.
It further reported that it is part of a “deliberate effort to foster unity, while reflecting on the country’s history and identity.”
Other people to be honoured include Botswana’s former President Sir Seretse Khama and Angola’s former President Agostinho Neto.
“Cabinet noted that through the process of naming, every community or society defines its identity and culture, tells its history, and espouses its values, beliefs, norms and world view,” acting Information Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu is said to have told journalists on Thursday.
NEW HARARE STREET NAMES:
Enterprise Road————-ED Mnangagwa
Selous Avenue—————-John Landa Mkomo
Cameron Street—————Joseph Musika
Kirkman Drive——————Solomon Mujuru
Livingstone Avenue ———-Oliver Tambo
Charter Road——————Fidel Castro
Five Avenue——————-Leonid Brezhnev
— Nick Mangwana (@nickmangwana) November 21, 2019
Outrage over renaming
But not many Zimbabweans are happy with the plan and move to rename streets at this time.
Signs of confused “leaders”, am quickly reminded of Chigwedere who attempted to rename schools.
Why would the entire cabinet sit to talk of renaming road & go to the extent of giving 10 roads the same name to boot-lick or please their desperate attention seeking leader
— Munesu Rudyawo: Zimbabwe Shall Be Free Someday (@rudyawo) November 21, 2019
Am sure people are busy googling about who exactly is that comrade on last of your list .
Anyway haaa guys why change roads names.
Why don’t you build new roads and give them whatever name that gonna cross your mind ?
— Vimbiso Musinachirevo (@VMusinachirevo) November 21, 2019
Transform the economy first no one eats roads please pic.twitter.com/WPzHTgQr1Q
— Gatsheni baba (@sikamthwakazi) November 21, 2019
Build a new city name new roads because these names will not stay someone will come and remove them .What did you do in Harare let alone Zimbabwe that warrants this . A fu’ll cabinet in a country like Zimbabwe is worried about street names haana kwatinoenda nana mukosho ava
— Rebel Commander (@Patrick59285300) November 21, 2019
Who has bewitched #African leaders?
Instead of developing their countries, they are busy renaming roads which were built by colonial governments ??
This is shameful. Zvinosvodesa.
Does removing the road sign from Enterprise to Mnangagwa remove potholes??? ??
— Prof. Mlambo (@MlamboProf) November 21, 2019