Road named after Grace

First Lady Grace Mugabe now has a road named after her.This is after the ruling Zanu PF party grabbed the open space adjacent to the Rainbow Towers Hotel and Harare Magistrates’ Court and renamed it the Robert Mugabe Square.

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The main road leading into it has been named after Mugabe’s wife and now becomes Dr Grace Mugabe Way.

Interestingly, the newly renamed road runs from the Robert Mugabe Road, completing the First Family’s stamp on the city.

The Robert Mugabe Square is the same place where opposition MDC-T party leader Morgan Tsvangirai held his largest pre-election rally in July last year.

The opposition party had christened the open space — 18 hectares in size — “Freedom Square”.

The road leading to the grounds from Rekayi Tangwena Avenue has been renamed Congress Road and that leading to the grounds from the southern side will be known as Gutsaruzhinji Walk.

The grounds, owned by Harare City Council, have since been spruced up and turned into the venue for Zanu PF’s 6th national congress which opens in the capital today.

State-of-the-art facilities have been erected.

They include air-conditioned tents, street lighting, portable toilets, presidential offices and restrooms, a media centre and an administration block.

But Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni yesterday condemned the move to name the area after the First Family without the consent of the City Fathers.

“My assumption is this can’t be permanent. We have not named any roads in Harare. Those are illegal structures,” Manyenyeni said.

Manyenyeni also disclosed that construction of roads leading to the venue had been jointly carried out by the city council’s public works department, Zimbabwe National Roads Administration and the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

“I have just been told that Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) and the ministry [Local Government] are paying for the works. The offending issue may be one that these roads would ordinarily be low volume, low priority, but because of the congress, they are now being fixed ahead of more deserving roads,” Manyenyeni added.

When NewsDay visited the premises yesterday, billboards had been erected at every corner of the venue.

According to the Urban Councils Act section 212 (1), the naming of roads and streets within council areas remains the prerogative of the local authority.

The section reads: “The council may from time to time assign names to roads within the council area and cause the name of any road to be affixed to or painted on any house, building or other structure fronting upon any part of such road.”

Section 212 (3) reads in part: “No person shall, without the permission of the council — (a) destroy, remove or deface any name affixed or painted by the council in terms of subsection (1); or (b) destroy, remove or deface any number marked or affixed by a person in terms of a direction given under subsection (2) or by the council in terms of that subsection; or(c) fail to keep marked or affixed the number specified in the notice given under subsection (2).”

The renaming of the city roads has sparked an uproar on social media networks with people saying this was a sign of desperation by organisers of the event to please the First Family.

The ZBC has set up an outside broadcasting van for live transmission of the Zanu PF congress proceedings, while private telecommunications companies have installed a mobile base station and Internet data cables.

State-owned firms will play significant roles at the congress.

CMED (Pvt) Ltd will provide VIP transportation, while Zupco buses will ferry most of the provincial and district delegates across the country ahead of the main event on Wednesday.

The congress itself was likely to be full of drama and surprises judging by the build-up to today’s event where several top party officials, including Vice-President Joice Mujuru, were purged for allegedly plotting to either assassinate or topple Mugabe.

Party youths have also vowed to block Mujuru’s allies from attending the congress.
The Zanu PF politburo is expected to meet today, while the central committee will meet ahead of the official opening of congress by Mugabe later this week.

Yesterday, Mugabe toured the congress venue with Mujuru and party secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa conspicuous by their absence.

Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, Youth Affairs secretary Absalom Sikhosana, political commissar Webster Shamu and Energy deputy minister Munacho Mutezo accompanied the President during the tour.

Several companies and parastatals among them Air Zimbabwe, Econet, Zinara, the Ministry of Transport, Rainbow Towers, Potraz and many other companies have advertised at the venue with their banners on display.

This year’s congress was expected to be attended by 12 000 delegates with the party’s regional counterparts from South Africa’s African National Congress; Mozambique’s Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo); Zambia’s United National Independence Party; Namibia’s South West Africa Peoples’ Organisation (Swapo); Angola’s Movement for the Popular Liberation of Angola and Botswana’s Botswana Democratic Party also expected to grace the occasion.

42 Comments

  1. GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich African politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these politicians. See how this poor South Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap accidented vehicles. Very interesting. Go to CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM , Wake up African people

    1. Why do you think kuti if we are engaged and we comment on political issues we don’t have anything else going on in our lives? Politics is a part of us whether we like it or not because it affects the socio-economic grounds which we operate on. Your comment is anachronic and lacks the deep thinking which you purpot to possess.

  2. were is Sally Mugabe road

  3. Gutsaruzhinji road must be renamed Gukurahundi road.

  4. “My assumption is this can’t be permanent. We have not named any roads in Harare. Those are illegal structures,” Manyenyeni said….Come on Mr Mayor, prove your mettle like you did with those illegal structures at fourth street…raze them down…do something don’t just talk for the sake of talking in the media

  5. We want Bedroom Coup Square and also Gamatocks Alley. What about Rugare Gumbo Close, or Stop It Crescent? And also Boulevard Matibili.

  6. Portable toilets ?

    1. Vanenge vachimhanya

  7. Am seeing it all. where did a road, highway, or footpath ever named after my name. Dr Peekay if l was alive l would give you a rosebud bcoz you have a question same as l have

    Angry Sally

  8. Iyo ingadai yanzi “GUMBURARUZHINJI WAY” kwete Gutsaruzhinji.

  9. vote of no confidence WAY

  10. We support Corrupt Mujuru

    City Council is sleeping whilst ZINARA and Local Government are fixing city. Mayor…don’t lie. I want to see who will remove the Signage …Dr Grace Mugabe Street ….tichaona.The naming is complete and final

    1. achabva mazita aya, we may have seen that last burial at heroes ‘ acre vamwe muchavanzwa henyu kwavachavingwa.

    2. I am guessing by your comment that you do not stay in Harare. ZINARA and Local Government are not fixing City. They are wasting money putting expensive roads that lead to nowhere for a 5 day event. If you knew where these said roads are, you would understand. And yes, they will be removed and renamed if necessary. Naming a road is not a permanent move. Even ZANU PF has proved it before. They renamed a lot of roads during their time. So when the time comes, those funny childish political gimmicks will be corrected.

    3. This is ZPF anarchy. Roads are not named in this manner. There are legal processes that have to be followed in order to name a road. It is not as simple as ZPF have done it, just putting a road sign with a name and thinking that the road has a new name. There is a city council process which has to be followed, and then the government approves before the whole issue is gazetted officially. Otherwise this way of doing things leads to someone just putting a placard on a street corner and naming the road after themselves. The ZPF thugs don’t realize that changing the name of one street costs millions of dollars as the whole city map will have to be changed by the national cartographer and new street maps have to be printed. Maybe someone was right when he said ignorance is bliss. In this case, maybe stupidity is bliss.

      1. @Chen every single action taken by this govt for 34 years has been without thought.
        Many degrees does not guarantee intelligence.

  11. Ndoda kuona achafamba ipapo naming the road after my amainini ini ndisinawo kana pandakanzi ndiri apa kushungurudza vana veZimbabwe kudai ko project yandakasiya kuma shambazhou ichiripo here nhai iwe Gire ooh wanga uchirikuenda kucretch aah
    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ndaseka zvangu ndirimuvhu mwana wekuGhana.

  12. let them play their last card for they cant keep on let zimbos suffers zvehupenyuhwese while bona & Zimcare brothers enjoy the sweats of inocent zimblood…… PINDIRAI JESU TACHEMA VANAVENYU…..

  13. We adore Dr. Mugabe. We are hopeful that our beloved ZANU will re-name a province, perhaps Manicaland with the large diamond mines, as Graceland in her honour. Let us begin a national campaign to bring this honour to her. She has been our Mother, and we are her dear adoring children. May she rule us forever and keep our country prosperous and the envy of the continent. We are not worthy of her greatness and we accept her as yet another true blessing from above.

    1. Hehehehehehehehehe! Wandikuvadza nekuseka Munya.

    2. Munya you are jobless. ate nothing in the morning and even the whole of yesterday. wake up and smell the coffee. she is a looting bastard. did she do anything for people at chingwizi camp? ask yoself why? stupid bootlicker

      1. No, Patriot. Iyo yaitwa naMunya ndiyo inonzi sarcasm manje, and it qualifies as satire in literary language. so please do spare him the vitriol kkkk

  14. Its Grace Mugabe Way NOT Dr Grace Mugabe Way,Stupid.

    1. CHIRINDAMATURA DUST

      JOHNO asi wamonwira here its Dr Grace Mugabe Way, stupid ndiwe

  15. 1GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich African politicians while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these politicians. See how this poor South Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cheap accidented vehicles. Very interesting. Go to CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. CHEAPACCIDENTED.COM , Wake up African people

  16. munya wazviwanepi asi unoroteswa kkkkkkkkkkk.oh jah plz take care

  17. Grace (NO) WAY

    1. Equals a one way ticket to nowhere

  18. Kwasara chatunga rd

  19. kwasara bona steet kkkkkkk

  20. What ever they do is useless.

  21. “Kana gudo ngaauye, kana shoko ngaauye kuCongress-ssss!!!” reminds me of a hit song by Mukanya Thomas Mapfumo released on the eve of a Zanu-PF Congress in the 1980’s. Indeed this week’s Congress will be attended by these creature!

  22. Zakangofana nokupamwana zita azvarwa nhasi the in few days anenge avenerimwe zita zve this a showup;

  23. Ko Zanu PF yacho neNyika yeZimbabwe yadii kunzi zvavo ‘MUGABE UNITED PF” tisayane nekutemeka musoro panyaya dzemazita idzi , tinongoziwa zvedu kuti zvese zvirimunyika zvakashandira nekurwirwa nemhuri yekwaGushungo chete.

  24. It is a shame that ,there is no sally mugabe way even one_way zvayo.

  25. ITS EITHER PATHETIC BOOTLICKING AT ITS WORST OR A CUNNING WAY OF MANIPULATING MUGABE’S EGO WHILE DESTROYING ZANU PF FROM WITHIN!!! I CANT FIGURE OUT HOW MEN AND WOMEN WHU RESPECT THEMSELVES CAN SINK SO CLAMERING TO BOOTLICK A 91 YEAR OLD DESPOT WHO HAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY WITH AN OVERINFLATED EGO AND SELFISHNESS THAT SURPASSES ALL KNOWN IN HISTORY. EVEN IDI AMIN WAS NOT THIS STUPID. YET ONE CAN FORGIVE IDI AMIN BECAUSE HE WAS ILLITERATE. BUT TO THINK THAT SUCH ACTS ARE BEING DONE TO/BY A MAN WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE SEVEN DEGREES IS ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC.

    ITS VERY TRUE THAT IF YOU EDUCATE A MAN IN MIND AND NOT IN CHARACTER YOU EDUCATE A MENACE TO SOCIETY!!!! THE DAY ROBERT MUGABE DIES I WILL GO TO HEROES ACRE NOT TO MOURN HIM BUT TO MAKE SURE HE IS TRULY DEAD AND I CELEBRATE.

    NJA YO THUVI!!!!!!!

  26. Chisingaperi chinoshura. Zimbabwe ichadzoka kuvanhu. Zvekupira maroad mazita epfambi zvichapera. Mugabe pf ichapera soon then Zanu Pf will be left standing.

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