Council names road after General Mujuru
Saturday, 04 August 2012 00:00
HARARE City Council has renamed Enterprise Road after national hero and retired army General Solomon Mujuru.
It also renamed Rotten Row after the late Chief Justice Enoch Dumbutshena and Churchill Road after the late Professor Walter Kamba.
The renaming of Enterprise Road to General Solomon Mujuru Road is, however, subject to the concurrence of his widow Vice President Joice Mujuru and the Mujuru family.
Chief Justice Dumbutshena and Prof Kamba’s families have since agreed to the changes.
Council will soon notify Government of the new names which were approved at a full council meeting on Thursday. “Council approves the naming of Enterprise Road after the late retired army General Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru after consulting the surviving spouse and his family,” read the council minutes.
“The city approves the request from executive secretary of the Law Society of Zimbabwe to honour our distinguished luminaries Chief Justice Enock Dumbutshena and Professor Walter Kamba by naming streets after them.”
The roads were chosen because they pass through or near institutions that the luminaries served.
Enterprise Road was named after General Mujuru probably because it is near KG VI barracks and that it leads to his house.
Council said it was renaming Rotten Row after Chief Justice Dumbutshena because the Harare Magistrates’ Courts are located along the road. It also said Churchill Road would become Prof Walter Kamba Road because the University of Zimbabwe where he was the first black Vice-Chancellor after independence is in that road.
Government changed names of most roads and cities after independence to reflect the winds of change sweeping across the country.
Some major roads were named after icons of the liberation struggle such as Josiah Tongogara, Herbert Chitepo, Jason Moyo, George Silundika, Joshua Nkomo and Josiah Chinamano.
Other roads were named after regional leaders such as Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Sam Nujoma of Namibia and Samora Machel of Mozambique.
Some of the leaders played a major role in the liberation of Zimbabwe as members of the Frontline States.
There have been attempts to rename schools after icons of the liberation struggle and other luminaries.
Some are not happy that there are schools bearing colonial names such as Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, King George, Allan Wilson and Prince Edward.
Council recently converted major roads into one-way lanes as part of measures to decongest traffic.