ZANU PF Gwanda Ward 9 councillor Thulani Moyo on Wednesday moved a motion to bestow President Robert Mugabe and the late Vice-President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo with the freedom of the town as well as to rename two major roads in their honour.
In a motion at a full council meeting, Moyo moved that Gwanda’s main road Soudan Street be renamed after Mugabe and Mt Cazalet Street, which leads towards Nkomo’s home area of Kezi be renamed after the late veteran nationalist.
Moyo said both Mugabe and Nkomo had exhibited rare leadership qualities which needed to be recognised.
“Mugabe is a leader par excellence; principled and fearless and is an icon of the liberation struggle and democracy. He has been the father of the country since independence and has maintained peace,” he said.
“Nkomo was a true patriot who created the Unity Accord of 1987. He had a passion for the development of the country and exhibited a spirit of reconciliation.”
Moyo added that both Mugabe and Nkomo had resisted neo-colonialism and worked hard towards Zimbabwe’s independence.
The motion stunned his colleagues in Zanu PF before they adopted it. “This is the first time we have had such a motion and we will go back and look into the modalities of doing that,” mayor Knowledge Ndlovu said.
Moyo said the renaming of the two streets would be a starting point in renaming other roads in Gwanda town.
“We also have our own heroes locally and in the near future we will rename other roads in honour of some of the senior citizens such as the late Sikhwili and Maduma,” he said.