Zimbabwe to rename airport after President Mugabe

Zimbabwean authorities have approved a plan to rename the country’s main airport after President Robert Mugabe, beginning November 2017.

Local media report Transport Minister Rugrare Gumbo to have confirmed the move, saying he had already obtained approval from the cabinet.

“I made the request to Cabinet for approval to initiate the process and it was approved,” NewsDay newspaper quotes him to say.

“I am already engaging stakeholders locally and internationally. We would be through by November.”

Mugabe, 93 years old, is the world’s oldest leader, and the third longest serving president in Africa.

The move to rename the Harare International Airport to R.G. Mugabe International Airport comes barely a week after the government announced plans to build a US$1 billion university to honor the president.

Also, the Zimbabwe government last month declared February 21 as Robert Mugabe Day, a move that received massive criticism from the country’s opposition.

The southern African country is set to head into elections in 2018, and the ruling ZANU-FP Party is set to front Mugabe for another term.