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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  • Pastor Farie

    We can defeat the Sanctions one step at a time. We now need a dam named after or dear leader. Lets rename Tokwe-Mukhosi to Lake RG Mugabe.

    • Ak

      Ko kariba

  • Pilato

    When do these multitudes of people work or rather what do they do for a living since they always follow the president and First Lady, in does not matter which corner of the country one may be the following morning the person can be in harare

    • Kauleza

      True, you wonder. The way we do things in Zim is like we have our own special time zone or we can stop the hands of time. While others are busy working we are stepping over each other to be seen at rallies and gatherings. We are the lost generation for sure.

    • Cde Chaurura

      They are bootlickers by profession.

  • Madara

    so now you have your land… and now?

  • Gary WekuZviyambe

    Next week there will be a ceremony to rename “Robert Gabriel Mugabe” to “Robert Gabriel Mugabe”

  • Cecil Roars

    Why not rename the country after him too?

  • zimbotry

    Do the people at the top of ZanuPF realise how much damage has been done to them, in particularly the last few days, inflicting the wishes of a few self styled elite on our Nation? The talk on the streets is as negative as I have ever experienced. I worry for our Nation. These people simply do not care about anything but themselves

  • Ngwena

    Level of boot licking in Zanu is very embarrassing and has reached ridiculous levels now

  • Madara

    yeah but you would think that even if you had nothing to do one wouldnt go to these rallies. i would rather just continue doing nothing and basking in the sun dying of hunger

  • Chibaba Chacho

    Rename Kariba Dam too… NeDelta futi… NeBorrowdale….. NeBeitbridge Border post.

    • Gandanga

      kkkk ko Delta yapinda papi. Not like its a gnt institution.

      • Chibaba Chacho

        @Gandanga, At this pace anything is possible Baba.

  • fly fly all day every day

    yah thats true, a very frequent flyer indeed!!!

  • hermit kingdom dweller

    the newest bestest ** kingdom, 2nd only to north korea, or maybe we are 1st now!! happy days!!

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Instead of reviving the economy Zanu bootlickers decide on renaming some ugly building (that resembles a shrivelled body part) after the very architect of our misery. Stupidity knows no bounds. Sad sad sad.

  • Kwangwari Gwayendepi

    So now we’re thanking ** for attending her own husband’s ceremony as if she’s doing the nation a fever? This level of

  • Dube

    We will removed that name soon after elections.

  • John Kachasu

    We need to rename oxygen itself after our supreme leader. I don’t see how we are breathing without thanking him for every breath. Sometimes I just wish everything in our country had his picture or name inscribed on it. Renaming the airport was long overdue but better late than never. Roadport you should be ashamed for not doing the same.

  • JAMESMUGABE

    call it whatever you want zanu people …..

  • bhurujena

    all this just to change a name of an airport .. what a waste of time and money. no wonder we are in such a pathetic state.. all our priorities have been twisted…
    anyway this is a waste — remember a certain Chigwedere changed school names .. did it work ? PE is still Prince Edwards…

  • Cde Chaurura

    “Mati tomuviga piko? Mati tomuviga kuMalawi asi rinda rake hatirivoni. Hatirivoni. Rinda rake hatirivoni. Hatirivoni. Rinda rake hatrivoni.” ICHO! Charira!
    Kambo kaitapira kuhondo aka.

  • Cde Chaurura

    Ko Reporter ihama yaMusorobhangu here kana kuti kungofanana kwemazita?

  • Brian Mandihlare

    Isai musoro vake pa100 US muone manyanya kutijairira vanhu vezanu

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    It is now almost a reality that in future president Robert Gabriel Mugabe and vice president Grace Mugabe will arrive at Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport, awaiting a flight on Robert Gabriel Mugabe airways after a tiresome afternoon capping graduants at Robert Gabriel Mugabe university situated along Robert Gabriel Mugabe way. They were met by ululating supporters at corner of Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Grace Mugabe adjacent to the new Bona building.