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MDC re-names Third Street after Tsvangirai

By Staff Reporter

THE Harare City Council has passed a resolution to rename Third Street after the late MDC-T leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni told The Zimbabwe Star on Friday the resolution was passed by the MDC-T dominated council on Thursday and was subject to approval by cabinet.

“Morgan Tsvangirai’s history is over two decades of service and sacrifice. He is an icon in labour, he is an icon in politics,” Manyenyeni said.

“He has been the face of the democratic struggle in this country. He is a former Prime Minister under the GNU, a very successful period in the history of the country.”

Manyenyeni said Tsvangirai’s impeccable history in local politics was also confirmed during his funeral by parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda who captured it “in a very non-political, fatherly and embracing eulogy”.

Tsvangirai, the founding leader of post-independence Zimbabwe most popular opposition, succumbed to a long battle with colon cancer February 14 this year.

His party has since renamed its Harvest House headquarters after him.

If cabinet approves the renaming of a city street after him, it would be the first time a Zanu PF led government has agreed to grant an opposition leader such honour.

The Emmerson Mnangagwa led government in February this year granted Tsvangirai a State assisted funeral which saw the ex-Prime Minister’s body lie in State at One Commando army barracks.

But the same government resisted opposition demands for the once popular leader to be buried at the national shrine.

Gary Murambiwa
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