By Noel Tshuma
GOVERNMENT has honoured former President Robert Mugabe’s first wife Ghanaian Sally Heyfron by renaming Harare Central Hospital after her with President Emmerson Mnangagwa also immediately benefiting from the changes to some streets announced by Cabinet on Thursday with streets in almost all major cities and towns named after the new Zanu PF leader.
Mnangagwa rose to power following a military coup in November 2017 that toppled Mugabe before he controversially won elections last year whose result was rejected by the opposition.
The President had streets in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo, Chinhoyi, Kwekwe, Chegutu, Bindura and Chipinge named after him.
Acting Information Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu told journalists at Thursday’s post cabinet briefing that Mutare Provincial Hospital has been renamed after Zanu PF’s wartime national chairman Herbert Chitepo.
“Cabinet received and approved new street names as presented by Vice President Kembo Mohadi.
“In Harare Cabinet Emmerson Mnangagwa road formerly Enterprise Road, John Landa Avenue formerly Selous Avenue, Joseph Msika street formerly Cameron Street, Solomon Mujuru Drive formerly Kirkman Drive, Oliver Tambo Avenue formerly Livingstone Avenue, Fidel Castro Road formerly Charter Road and Leonid Brezhnev formerly Five Avenue,” said Ndlovu.
He added: “In the second city, Bulawayo Cabinet approved the following changes among others, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa Way formerly 6th Avenue, Simon Muzenda Avenue formerly 9th Avenue, Joseph Msika Avenue formerly 12th Avenue, John Landa Nkomo Avenue formerly 4th Avenue up to King George, Maria Msika Avenue formerly 5th Avenue, Nikita Mangena Avenue formerly 10th Avenue, Queen Lozikeyi Street formerly Baines Street, Lookout Masuku formerly Collenbrander Avenue and Jairos Jiri Avenue formerly 28th Avenue.”
Government also named streets after Cuba’s founding father Fidel Castro, Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser, Tunisia’s Bella Bella and Chinese Communist leader Mao tse Tung among other.
Former Zanu secretary Edgar Tekerere, the late Defence Minister Moven Mahachi and Kumbirai Kangai had streets named after them in Mutare.