ED immortalizes self
By Chengeto Chidi
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has engraved his own name on Zimbabwe¡¯s roads from Harare to Bulawayo effectively immortalizing himself.
Acting Information Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu, announced the naming of a number of roads in Harare, Bulawayo, Kwekwe and other cities after Mnangagwa and other liberation war heroes and historically important personalities.
Government defended the expensive excise which will cost government thousands of dollars in road signs and changes on maps saying it was important in the history of the nation to rename the roads and buildings.
“It defines it’s identity and culture, tells its history, its values, beliefs, norms and worldview, naming is also a social engagement tool that fosters understanding, peace, unity and diversity. When we look at the names that we have come up with, they are all speaking to these issues and pretty much that is the reason why the change to these roads, ” Ndlovu said.
The most sought after signature road in the city Enterprise road is now Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa road, becoming the second living person in Zimbabwe to have a road named after him.
“The president is the only living person who can have a road named after him, ” Ndlovu said.
Mnangagwa¡¯s cabinet also approved the renaming of Harare Hospital as Sally Mugabe Hospital, Mutare Hospital to Victoria Chitepo Hospital.
The other roads affected by the changes include Kirkman road changed to Solomon Mujuru Drive, Livingstone to OR Tambo Avenue, Charter to Fidel Castro road, Cameroon to Joseph Msika road and Fife Avenue as Leonid Brezhnev Avenue.