HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Harare International Airport will be renamed
after President Robert Mugabe with effect from Nov. 2017, a
Cabinet minister has said.
Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo told state media
that the airport will be renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe
International Airport after the International Civil Aviation
Organization approved the proposed change of names.
Civil Aviation Organization has approved the change of name. The
process has started and by end of November we will have renamed
it,” Gumbo said.
This will be the
second time in post-independent Zimbabwe that an airport has
been named after a person, the first one being Bulawayo Airport
which was upgraded from domestic to international and renamed
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport after the late Vice
President Joshua Nkomo.
The only other
public airport bearing the name of a person is the Mount Hampden
The then Rhodesian
government changed its name to Charles Prince Airport in 1978
after Charles Hilton Prince who had worked there between 1958
and 1973 as Air Traffic Controller and airport manager.
Many roads in major
urban centers have been named after Mugabe, with even an
orphanage at a mission school in Manicaland bearing his name.
Gumbo said the
ruling Zanu-PF party had on numerous occasions requested the
renaming of the airport after him.
“We think it is a
small recognition by the people of Zimbabwe to name the Harare
International Airport as the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International
Airport. It is something small to recognize his contribution.
“He is a peacemaker.
He is an icon for Africa,” Gumbo said.
Zimbabwe opposition leader
recovers from illness ahead of polls next year
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has
fully recovered from a recent illness which saw him being
airlifted to neighboring South Africa for treatment, an official
Luke Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai had completed his medical
procedure and was in a stable condition.
“President (of the
opposition party Movement for Democratic Change) Morgan
Tsvangirai, who is in a very stable condition, has completed his
medical procedure in South Africa but is now taking several days
of rest from the hectic schedule of work that awaits him in
Harare,” Tamborinyoka said in a statement.
He said Tsvangirai
will not be at work for some days to come as he fully recharges
his batteries ahead of the mammoth responsibility of providing
leadership in galvanizing the nation for the watershed polls set
for next year.
In the meantime, the
three Vice Presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
party will continue to execute their assigned tasks to ensure
consistent and uninterrupted leadership to the various party
programs currently taking place, said Tamborinyoka.
Tsvangirai, who was
diagnosed of colon cancer in 2016, was airlifted to South Africa
on Sept. 15 after suddenly falling ill while at a workshop in
His party did not
disclose what he was being treated for in South Africa but the
opposition leader receives his cancer treatment in the
Tsvangirai is due to challenge President Robert Mugabe in next