Harare airport renamed after Mugabe

HARARE - With effect from November 9, the Harare International Airport will now be known as R. G Mugabe International Airport, after government agreed to rename it in honour of the long–serving Zimbabwe leader.

Mugabe, 93, is the only leader Zimbabwe has ever known since gaining independence from Britain in 1980.

The name change was initiated by the Zanu PF Youth League to honour the ruling party’s first secretary.

“With effect from November 9, 2017, Harare International Airport will be renamed R.G Mugabe International Airport,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) said in a notice dated September 6.

Transport minister Jorum Gumbo first announced the name change at the party’s 16th Annual People’s Conference in Masvingo last year, but said it would be renamed after an upgrade.

“We have Victoria Falls International Airport commissioned on November 18, we have Buffalo Range Airport built, we have Harare International Airport, your excellency, that we are working on and we are at 55 percent to the work we are doing there,”

“Still on that, following the resolution made during the congress and the last conference, Harare International Airport, we are going to rebuild it, to make it up to date with current airport trends. We are going to start that work, beginning of this next year. And to also change its name to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport according to last year’s resolution,” Gumbo said then.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa announced during the 2017 National Budget that Treasury planned to spend just over $10 million over the next year upgrading international airports to handle a boom in visitors.

The idea that Mugabe should be remembered by a landmark like the country’s main entry port, which is the main gateway into Zimbabwe and alternate entry point into central and southern Africa, won wide support from the ruling Zanu PF as well as the country’s intellectual elite.

The country’s largest opposition party, the MDC, however, slammed the renaming of the Harare International Airport.

“This just goes to show that Zimbabwe has been privatised into a Robert Mugabe fiefdom. There are actually more deserving heroes such as Herbert Chitepo, Lookout Masuku, Rex Nhongo and Leopold Takawira after whom the Harare International Airport could have been renamed.

“A new democratic and progressive government that will be formed after next year’s elections will promptly reverse this thoroughly undeserved renaming of Harare International Airport to R.G. Mugabe International Airport. It’s total and absolute nonsense, actually,” railed MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu.

The country’s largest airport was previously known as Salisbury Airport but was renamed to Harare Airport in 1980, when Zimbabwe became independent.

Comments (15)

Thus an honor for real. Despite the ups n downs of our beloved country an honor of the Freedom Fighter is needed.

mai charmy - 20 September 2017

I will for a while, not use this airport.

Sandura - 20 September 2017

What a big joke! No way would one name an airport after a destroyer person like Mugabe.Today the airport is not as busy as it used to be because of him and Air Zim is in deep debt also because of him. What a waste!

Inyika - 20 September 2017

this is not even a problem to me. you can name every street and airport after sekuru manheru (always sleeping). after the next election we will rename anything that has that contemptible mugabe name to something else. it is always the case that if a government has nothing to offer it will resort t such hollow populism such as this.

josphat mugadzaweta - 20 September 2017

hapana chakaipa

g40 - 20 September 2017

This is a nice low hanging fruit for a new government that comes in. Change the name back to Harare International or name it after someone more deserving. It will be an easy win. Mobuto did the same in Congo and those who came after just changed the names back.

Galore - 20 September 2017

This is a nice low hanging fruit for a new government that comes in. Change the name back to Harare International or name it after someone more deserving. It will be an easy win. Mobuto did the same in Congo and those who came after just changed the names back.

Galore - 20 September 2017

Why dont you just name the country Mugabeland

Tafa Mahoso - 20 September 2017

Cant even blame Mugabe for this. It came from his men-wives, who cant even see ahead because their faces are stuck way up in his 'ssa'.

Zuze - 20 September 2017

I agree that there aremore befitting people than Mugabe whom the airport could be named after.What has Mugabe done for us all these years in power besides kill the economy,intimidate the people and idolise himself.How did govt completely neglect the 14million people who live here for this approval?

Thokozile - 20 September 2017

That was a single party's decision not a national one as there was no referandum over it. Thus its easy for the next ruling party to reverse this anormaly. In fact it will be done before the first breakfast.

Sinyo - 21 September 2017

Who cares when the so called CEO son -in -law has destroyed Air Zimbabwe

Slim Cat - 21 September 2017

Nothing wrong with this, the whole continent has airports named after leaders. Kaunda in Zambia, Tambo in SA and so on. We move on. Let they be advised however that we do not question their authority to do these things, without explaining themselves. They are in charge and will give a self-fulfilling reason why it is so (just like they tried to tell us the economy plunged due to sanctions). In the same light, when we regain our independence (fully, I mean) we will simply change these back to what we deem fit. I for one, do not support the cult personalities as they are the reason our politics are so backward at the moment. Too much appeasing people instead of being efficient in executing public office. We will have a new law for all this. We will establish an institution to protect our heritage, choose those worthy of having national monuments and buildings named after them and we will robustly hear all those in favour and against the nominees. Things such as presiding over murder, theft, corruption would work against nominees. Things such as leading liberation struggles, uniting people at independence, increasing literacy rates among the kids will work in their favour. And we have lots of nominees to choose from. The more those in charge currently name everything after Mugabe and ignore everyone else, the more it becomes apparent that they are in the clasp of a patronage system they can't escape. They know it is aggrandisement but who would dare break from the gravy train? We pity them and we hear their cries for independence (full independence, of course). We shall come to their aid and correct all these atrocities committed against them in sucking up to Mugabe. Hold fast, the yoke will come off soon.

Kwidz - 21 September 2017

This is undiluted nonsense. Instead of focusing on the economy that is in the ICU, busy kuchinja zita re Airport. Your priorities are misplaced yesterday, today and forever.

Mwanawapasi - 27 September 2017

Matambo kutumidza airport kuna Mugabe .better kuitumidza kuti VP muzee

MASVINGO - 30 October 2017

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