15 February 2019
…Manyuchi, Shaya, Tuku also get recognition
THE Harare City Council will soon engage the Minister of Local Government, July Moyo on their resolution to honour the late Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, legends Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo, George Shaya and boxer Charles Manyuchi.
A full council meeting this month is set to confirm the resolutions, allowing Mayor Herbert Gomba and his team to approach Minister Moyo for approval.
An approval will see Willowvale Road being named after Tuku, Mukanya and Manyuchi getting residential stands while the popular Vietnam Stand at Rufaro Stadium will be renamed in honour of football legend, Shaya.
The 73-year-old Mukanya will also get freedom of the city, an honour given to a valued member of the community.
Last week on Thursday, Mukanya paid a courtesy at Town House where he met senior council officials, including Mayor Gomba.
Tuku died last month and was declared a national hero for his contribution to the local music industry while also serving as a great cultural ambassador for Zimbabwe.
Manyuchi’s honour followed his heroics in winning the WBC Silver welterweight title.
Gomba told H-Metro early this week that he does not expect any objections when full council meets tentatively next week.
“The decisions are actually based on previous full council deliberations and, as such, I do not expect objections when we convene possibly next week between 21 and 23. On Manyuchi, it was a resolution by a full council meeting some time ago in 2017 and I am talking of the previous council. So here it is just a matter of implementation of an old resolution.
“So basically it is just a matter of tying up loose ends and presenting our position to the minister, from which we will get direction.”
Apart from renaming the Vietnam stand after legendary Shaya, Mayor Gomba revealed that he has engaged telecoms giant, NetOne for them to help introduce bucket seats at the stadium and also branding the venue.
“I have held discussions and will be continuing and the idea is for them to install bucket seats while also branding the stadium,” he said.