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Anger over proposed name changes

Publish date: 02 December 2019
Issue Number: 852
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans have reacted with disbelief to news that the government has approved plans to rename major roads and buildings after ‘national heroes’ – including 10 streets named after President Emmerson Mnangagwa. BBC News reports that African leaders such as Congo's Patrice Lumumba, Jomo Kenyatta and Abdel Gamal Nasser have previously had roads named after them. Many social media users expressed concern that Cabinet spent time discussing the renaming of roads and buildings when the economy is in crisis. ‘This doesn’t bring food to people’s tables. This government majors in minor things,’ tweeted Biso Mayele.

Full BBC News report