Harare City Council wants street named after Tsvangirai

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Staff Reporter

THE MDC-T dominated Harare City Council has resolved to have Third Street in the capital renamed Morgan Richard Tsvangirai Street after the late MDC-T leader who died last February.

Rugare councillor, Peter Moyo, who is the chairperson of the council’s environmental committee, moved the motion which was debated and adopted by the committee before it was tabled before the full council last Thursday.

“The proposal was discussed by the committee which agreed on Third Street, although there had been concerns it was not a big enough street,” he said.

Moyo said they had presented the proposal to the Minister of Local Government, July Moyo, for approval.

“It is now left for the official confirmation by the Minister of Local Government, who I believe will not have problems with it as he is level headed unlike the past Ministers who were rigid,” he said.

Tsvangirai, who led the MDC since its formation in 1999, succumbed to cancer of the colon on February 14 at a South African hospital where he was receiving treatment.

A key figure in Zimbabwe’s opposition politics, Tsvangirai presented the fiercest challenge former president Robert Mugabe who had ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1980.

Tsvangirai lost to Mugabe in his first attempt in 2002 under controversial circumstances before beating the strongman in the first round of the 2008 presidential election, garnering 47.8 percent of the vote against the former president’s 43.2 percent.

The MDC-T leader was to pull out of a bloody run-off in June of the same year after it was ruled he had failed to garner enough votes to form a government.

He was to go into a government of national unity with Mugabe in 2009, being appointed Prime Minister. His involvement in government saw an improvement in the economic situation in the country.

At the time of his death, he had been endorsed as the Presidential candidate for the MDC Alliance.