LIVE: Re-naming of Harare International Airport to R.G.Mugabe International Airport

HARARE International Airport is set to be renamed Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport at a colourful event to be held on site starting this morning. The renaming is in recognition of President Mugabe’s liberation and black empowerment efforts which have seen Zimbabwe becoming arguably the first African country post-independence to win back its land through a sustained land reform programme that saw the allocation of agricultural plots to thousands of landless blacks who had suffered through colonial deprivation.

President Mugabe goes through his acceptance speech during the event to rename Zimbabwe's biggest airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

President Mugabe goes through his acceptance speech during the event to rename Zimbabwe’s biggest airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

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REPORTER: Simiso Mlevu, PHOTOGRAPHER: Wilson Kakurira; PICTURE EDITOR: Joseph Murisi;  ONLINE EDITOR: Happiness Chikwanha. 

11:00 – Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo confirmed that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had recently approved the renaming process since it is a requirement as all international airports have codes which have to be globally updated. After the renaming, the airport will have its code updated under the new name internationally.

Oliver Mtukudzi belts out golden oldies to entertain guests who attended the event to rename Harare International Airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

Oliver Mtukudzi belts out golden oldies to entertain guests who attended the event to rename Harare International Airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

 11:17 - Multitudes are already gathered at the airport for the official name change ceremony. Also here are senior government officials, service chiefs, ministers and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko.

 

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11:18 - President Mugabe and the First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe have arrived.  And the plaque bearing the new name has just been unveiled.

 11:23 - Music legend, Oliver Mtukudzi has been entertaining the crowd with his golden oldies.

11:24 – Minister of Transport Dr Joram Gumbo is now addressing the gathering. He says the name change is part of the implementation of the Victoria Falls 2015 Zanu PF conference resolutions.

 

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First Lady Dr Amai Grace Mugabe

11:25 - To match the stature of the man His Excellency is, Dr Gumbo says the ministry will undertake some renovations of the airport. Also, the Ministry is embarking on an aviation development plan and Dr Gumbo says he shall be sharing the plan with other colleagues in Government.

11:26 - Dr Gumbo has invited Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to introduce the Guest of Honour, Hies Excellency President Mugabe.

Members of the Mbare Chimurenga Choir

Members of the Mbare Chimurenga Choir

11:27 - Vice President Mphoko has invited His Excellency to address the gathering.

11:28 -  President Mugabe begins by making salutations and he recognises the presence of various dignitaries.
“May I on behalf of Government, the people of Zimbabwe and my own behalf, thank most sincerely the Ministry of Transport for the honour bestowed in me by renaming the Harare International Airport to Robert Mugabe International Airport.

“My government recognizes that air transport is pivotal to economic growth. While transport in general facilitates the movement of goods and people in general, air transport promotes tourism and investment. It promotes international trade.

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Delegates arrive at the airport

11:31 – His Excellency concludes by thanking the Ministry of Transport for the gesture  adding that he is certain even the First Family appreciates as well.

President Mugabe says his family is not just his wife and kids, but the whole nation is part of it adding that he is certain they also share the same joy.

11:33 – President Mugabe has finished giving his acceptance speech.

11:34 - Police band takes to the stage to entertain the crowd here before vote of thanks is given.

Some delegates follow the proceedings at the event to rename Harare International Airport to Robert Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

Some delegates follow the proceedings at the event to rename Harare International Airport to Robert Mugabe International Airport, 9 November 2017.

11:35 - The police band belts a rendition of ‘Jesu Makanaka’

11:38 - The renaming of the airport to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport presents a new era which marks the transformation of the airport into world class.

Cde Dickson Mafios

Cde Dickson Mafios

11:39 – Minister of Local Government, Hon Saviour Kasukuwere now rises to give vote of thanks.

11:40 - ”As the party and government, we are proud to have renamed this airport in your (President Mugabe) honour,” says Cde Kasukuwere. He says the airport is a historic landmark with its conical tower which tells visitors that one has arrived in Zimbabwe.

911:41 – Cde Kasukuwere thanks Dr Amai Mugabe for making time to be here adding that her presence warms everyone.

11:42 – Cde Kasukuwere thanks Dr Gumbo and the Ministry of Transport officials for making the resolution a reality.

11:48 - He concludes his vote of thanks by thanking thousands of Zimbabweans who came to bear witness to this historic name change.

11:49 – President Mugabe has been presented with a present, a conical tower inscribed with the name Robert Mugabe International Airport.

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  • I Smith

    **we will rename it Nehanda international Airport! Nxa.

  • succuba

    “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

    Attributed to Goebbels

  • Fred Moyo

    Its coz there isnt much to do, with this 98% unemployment rate!

  • eliah

    Pana Dickson suit yaramba kuita, anyway will Ngwena rename the airport when he comes back to takeover in a few weeks as he has insinuated from hiding or its the usual sour grapes by the man associated with losing a powerful job, time will tell.

  • boo boo

    hahaha!!

  • Cde Mthunzi

    1:41 – Cde Kasukuwere thanks Dr Amai Mugabe for making time to be here adding that her presence warms everyone…….ZVOWURAYISA

  • Passion Fruit

    Let them rename it after him, he uses it the most anyway!

    • Pastor Farie

      Agreed

  • World Citizen

    Welcome to Mugabeland!

  • musayigwa

    This is what they do for a living. They get massive tenders intimidating poor parastatals and civil servants by just attending and wearing mugabe face t-shirts and fortunate enough be seen on ZTV standing near Mugabe and wife.

    To prove my point, cast your eyes to the car parks.

  • Madara

    yeah im not going to use something with his name on it. it will be even more terribly run.

  • HOUSEBOAT

    I dont see anything wrong honouring the name that has served all black people. we shop at Nelson Mandela square in sandton, a building named by white people becasue those are the people he served, we fly into JFK airport in new york, Hillary Clinton campagned, Bush, from father to Son, so noise ndeyei nhai, zvine basa reyi, focus on YOU, and results will show, focus on mhepo dzemadzinza enyu, you will prosper, leave President vangu

  • Pastor Farie

    Would you have Preferred Dambudzo International Airport?