ICAO approves renaming of airport

Dr Gumbo

Dr Gumbo

Abigail Mawonde Herald Correspondent
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has approved the renaming of the Harare International Airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo has said.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, Minister Gumbo said the airport would change its name by end of November as there were other processes that needed to be addressed like involving other stakeholders both locally and internationally.

Airports have codes and once Harare International Airport is renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, the codes are also changed.

“The International Civil Aviation Organisation has approved the change of name. The process has started and by end of November we will have renamed it,” he said.

Minister Gumbo said the renaming of the airport was in recognition of the role President Mugabe has played as a liberator, educator and champion of black empowerment.

“Look at what has happened in Africa and even Europe. There is OR Tambo in South Africa, Kamuzu Banda in Malawi and the J.F Kennedy International Airport in the US in recognition of their icons. This is why we have the J. Nkomo Airport in Bulawayo. I am excited about it and I am sure Zimbabweans are excited about it too,” he said.

Minister Gumbo said Zanu-PF had also on numerous occasions requested that the Harare International Airport be renamed after President Mugabe especially at its conferences and congresses.

“We think it is a small recognition by the people of Zimbabwe to name the Harare International Airport as the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. It is something small to recognise his contribution.

“He is a peacemaker. He is an icon for all of us. He is an icon for Africa,” said Minister Gumbo.

Minister Gumbo said the renaming of the airport would also coincide with its upgrading into a massive modern day structure befitting the name Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

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  • Moe_Scyslack2

    This is pathetic. I’m embarrassed for us. Truly. I hope we change it back as soon as we are liberated.

  • yowe

    Trump probably has no idea where zimbabwe is…please fix the economy and not waste money applying for changes to airport names..You do know that it is an expensive process to do it handiti or you have no idea..for over a decade they have been talking of renovating that airport they have done nothing

  • sky

    This is wrong. Robert Mugabe’s name is loathed overseas and will impact negatively on tourism.

  • Sadombo

    OMG what a shame, God have mercy

  • cry my beloved country

    On the contrary, you are the #### with your leaders majoring on minors and minoring on majors. I agree with Yowee–fix the first first and don’t waste time on discussing and changing names. in your next conference you will probably be discussing and recommending renaming City of Harare after the legendary revolutionary.