ZANU PF want to name a street after Mbeki

via ZANU PF want to name a street after Mbeki | SW Radio Africa by Tererai Karimakwenda on Monday, February 17, 2014

A proposal by ZANU PF to name a street in Zimbabwe after the former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has been dismissed by the MDC-T and some observers, who accuse Mbeki of supporting the Mugabe regime during his tenure as chief SADC negotiator.

A ZANU PF legislator last week urged parliamentarians to show “appreciation” of Mbeki by naming a street after the former South African leader, claiming that he brought stability to Zimbabwe by negotiating the creation of a coalition government in 2008.

The motion was tabled in Parliament on Thursday by ZANU PF MP for Hurungwe North, Reuben Marumahoko, during a debate on the Presidential speech. Marumahoko credited Mbeki with saving Zimbabwe from “a regime change agenda”, describing him as “the icon of Africa”, “son of the soil” and “a principled man”.

Zanu PF want to reward Thabo Mbeki

But the MDC-T MPs were reportedly dead set against it and do not consider Mbeki a hero who saved Zimbabwe from “a regime agenda”. Instead they view the former South Africa leader as a ZANU PF ally who saved the Mugabe regime after it lost to the MDC-T in 2008.

Political commentator Lameck Mahachi also dismissed the street naming idea, saying there are other pressing issues in Zimbabwe that Marumahoko should be focusing on. Mahachi explained that ZANU PF had lost the 2008 elections and resorted to violence against MDC-T supporters and officials when regional leaders appointed Mbeki to negotiate a solution.

“ZANU PF was dead and buried and he came and saved them. He negotiated for the survival of ZANU PF and not the survival of Zimbabwe. Changing from a ZANU PF government to an MDC-T government is a process of democracy, not regime change,” Mahachi told SW Radio Africa.

He added: “If they want to name a bench in a ZANU PF office or even a meeting hall at their headquarters after Mbeki that would be fine. But not a national issue, because that would give a misconception of historical events.”
Gordon Moyo, the MDC-T shadow Minister for International relations and Cooperation, said the idea of honouring our leaders is a noble one and Mbeki had done a lot for Africa in general, but he disagreed with Marumahoko regarding Mbeki’s role in Zimbabwe.
“Mbeki was working on the side of ZANU PF when it came to issues of Zimbabwe, to be very specific. He was the kind of facilitator who was playing on the same side as one of the players. We understood and said this from day one,” Moyo told SW Radio Africa.
“Because he shared the history of the liberation struggle and because he believed in the liberation movement, he preferred ZANU PF. We were of aware of that,” Moyo explained.
Mbeki was strongly criticized for his policy of so-called quiet diplomacy, which saw the former South African leader refusing to criticize Robert Mugabe or ZANU PF publicly, despite events in Zimbabwe pointing to their complicity in violence, political harassment and intimidation of the electorate.


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7 comments on “ZANU PF want to name a street after Mbeki
  1. Mixed Race says:

    You waste our taxes debating useless topics instead of the economy.Why not call State House-Mbeki House?This would be equivalent to Knightwood Honor.

  2. CHINDUNDUMA says:


  3. Harry says:

    Good idea.Make sure the drains have open running sewage and the refuse bins hav never been collected in weeks.

  4. John Thomas says:

    Why not name the road Mugabe lives in after Mbeki? Better still, since Mbeki’s favourite thing in the world is Johnnie Walker, why not call it that.

  5. roving ambassador. says:

    They need to entice him to bring a big present for the wedding.
    It will happen.
    These are all diversionary tactics to stop the masses from worrying about the economy and corruption.

  6. Nodi says:

    Yes, they want to entice him so that 1- he pocket out the Zim mine money towards 21st movmnt 2- towards Bona’s wedng. The MP who proposed this is good 4 bad and better 4 nothing. You better name it after Tsvangirai 4 d new constitution within 4 years in service

  7. Petal says:

    Thats all they are good at naming streets for their buddies and putting up statues!!!!

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