Low turnout at Mugabe airport renaming event

HARARE - A strangely low turnout blighted yesterday’s ceremony to celebrate the renaming of Harare International Airport after President Robert Mugabe, despite the high publicity leading up to the event.

Usually, Mugabe’s events attract bumper crowds comprising bussed unemployed youths and some Zanu PF adherents.

But yesterday, there were just enough people to fill two tents at the venue, while three others were virtually empty.

This was despite the fact that Zanu PF had availed its buses to ferry people to the venue of the ceremony, a stone’s throw from the Airport’s domestic terminal.

Only on Wednesday, party members had gathered all day long at the Zanu PF national headquarters in solidarity with the 93-year-old leader and his wife Grace.

Mugabe himself appeared to be in an unusually solemn mood during his short address.

Famed for long, humour-laden speeches, Mugabe delivered a nine-minute address, largely confined to his prepared speech.

“I would like to most sincerely thank the ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development for the honour bestowed on me by renaming the Harare International Airport the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. It is indeed a great honour for me and I am humbled by this gesture,” Mugabe said.

“My government recognises that the airport is pivotal to the economic growth of the country. I particularly want to thank the ministry of Transport... for the outstanding work they are doing. They continue to do us proud,” he added.

In his speech, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister, Jorum Gumbo, said the airport would now be upgraded to match Mugabe’s stature.

“I am pleased to inform you, Your Excellency, that in order to match your stature, the airport will soon undergo a massive rehabilitation and development programme. The rehabilitation process will include, among others, construction of three additional aero bridges, a new fire station, a modern terminal and a new VVIP pavilion.

“Negotiations for the financing of the project are progressing well and nearing completion and we expect work to commence before the end of the year. The contractor, China Jiangsu International, who did us proud at the Victoria Falls International Airport, have vowed to outdo themselves on this project as befitting your stature,” said Gumbo.

The broke Mugabe government spent $500 000 funding the renaming process.

The renaming process was elevated to national project status in order to qualify it for government funding after the Office of the President and Cabinet took over the project.


Comments (5)

they should all have boycotted the non-event. vanhu vekwedu vosvinurawo

josphat mugadzaweta - 10 November 2017

The airport will be upgraded to meet the old dictator's stature?What stature is Joram Gumbo talking about?The old dictator is infamously known for ordering the killing of around 20 000 innocent citizens in what is now known as the Gukurahundi in Matebeland region.He is known for ordering the dissappearence of quite a number of citizens for a mere reason that they differred with him politically.He is also known for making the majority of Zimbabweans poor by his self serving policies and ruthlessly dealing with opposition party supporters and in most cases killing them using his dogs of war and the national security forces..He is well kown for inheriting a steady economy from the Smith regime and went on to rape it left ,right and centre until a good chunk of the population fled to other countries seeking greener pastures.Is this the kind of stature that can warrant the upgrading of the airport in honour of the self serving dictator?Real men with something between their legs will not stand up to praise a dictator who thrives on violence whenever there is a threat to his grip on power.May be thats why Margaret Dongo once called them Mugabe's wives,she could have seen some knickers protruding from the pot bellied zanu pf ministers trousers.

Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 10 November 2017

The world is sure wondering what kind of people we are. Mugabe stinks as a head of state and the atrocities he has committed are there for all to see. Yet the levels of praise and boot licking displayed this week boggle the mind. Its hard for one to believe that sane men and women who call themselves fathers and mothers of families could sink so low as could be seen Wednesday and Thursday as they fell over each other to shower praises on this despot and his disgusting excuse for a wife!!!! For sure LAFA ELIHLE KAKHULU!!!!

MR COOPER - 10 November 2017

Busy making changes that don't add any value. They can hardly keep the electricity running in that small airport, let alone air conditioner, but spent half a mill in renaming it. Asshole kissers are not In shortage within zanu. efng cunts, mothereffers.

jr - 10 November 2017

The airport was established during the Smith regime. It will be renamed Harare Int Airport when the old man goes. Why spend that much money when we do not have jobs to talk about? Where is the government getting money to pay for that when we cannot get our money from the banks?? Corruption and selfishness. God help us.

Joram - 11 November 2017

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