Chombo blocks bid to honour Mujuru

HARARE – Robert Mugabe's local government minister Ignatius Chombo has blocked a bid by Harare city council to honour the late army commander and independence war hero, General Solomon Mujuru, telling the local authority to follow procedures.

 

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The council had renamed a city road after Mujuru in a series of hours also extended to former Chief Justice Enoch Dumbutshena the late academic Professor Walter Kamba.

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However, Chombo, who has often clashed with the city council and other MDC-T run local authorities, declared the move “null and void”, claiming he had not been consulted.

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“That resolution is a nullity. The city should follow the proper procedures. Council should write to the Ministry for approval,” he said.

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“We cannot just allow things to happen that way. We need order and uniformity in the way business is done.”

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Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda would not be drawn on Chombo’s objections, insisting he would not engage in political brinksmanship.

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“I am not in a position to make any comment,” he said.

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“Besides, given my extensive legal background I prefer dealing with facts unlike politicians who seem to thrive on hearsay, rumour mongering and intrigue.”

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Mujuru, who was married to Vice President Joice Mujuru, died when an unexplained blazed razed down his farmhouse in Beatrice last August.

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The city council had named Enterprise Road after him, apparently because it is near KG VI army barracks while Churchill Road was renamed after Prof Walter Kamba Road because it leads to the University of Zimbabwe where he was the first black Vice-Chancellor.

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Rotten Row Road, which passes next to the Harare magistrates’ courts, had been named after the late Enoch Dumbutshena, who served as Chief Justice between 1984 and 1990.

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