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Harare Rocks: Interesting Facts about Samora Machel Road

Perched on the heartbeat of the country’s capital Harare, Samora Machel Avenue — named after Mozambique’s first black president.   It is ...

Perched on the heartbeat of the country’s capital Harare, Samora Machel Avenue — named after Mozambique’s first black president.  

It is on this road that slits through the nerve centre of the Central Business District (CBD) of Harare that national decisions are being made or broken, most of which have a bearing to the country’s economic situation.

The country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the judicial system, the High Court and Constitutional Court, offices of the majority of Cabinet ministers, are located on this road.
The Late Samora Machel 

A stroll from the governing Zanu PF party headquarters along Samora Machel Avenue to Fifth Street using Samora Machel Avenue, a first time visitor to Zimbabwe will have seen enough to claim knowledge of where power is concentrated.

Entering the CBD using Samora Machel from the direction of Bulawayo, one will be greeted by the Zanu PF headquarters, where the ruling party elite meets regularly to deliberate on how to take the country forward.  

The country’s central bank is currently the topical story both locally and internationally following the recent announcement that they intend to introduce bond notes to ease the cash challenges being experienced in the country.

Apart from the decision to introduce bond notes, RBZ governor John Mangudya has also from his Samora Mache Avenue offices imposed new caps on cash withdrawals in a desperate bid to ease mounting cash shortages.

The RBZ capped bank and ATM withdrawals at $1 000 per day and also imposed limits on the amount of cash individuals can take out of the country from the current $5 000 to $1 000.

Other ministers not housed at Munhumutapa conduct their business from the New Government Complex — a stone’s throw from Munhumutapa — also along Samora Machel.

Samora Moisés Machel (September 29, 1933 — October 19, 1986) was a Mozambican military commander, revolutionary socialist leader in the tradition of Marxism-Leninism.

And the road is clearly as important as the respected revolutionary and Pan-Africanist, father and eventual President of Mozambique.

He led his country from independence in 1975 until his death in 1986, when his presidential aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain at Mbuzini near Komatipoort in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa close to the borders of Mozambique and Swaziland. — Weekend Post

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