Tussle over Mugabe road names

The order will be seen as part of a political tussle in the country’s capital.

The Robert Mugabe Square and Grace Mugabe Way road signs were put up at the site of the Zanu-PF congress.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party named two makeshift roads in Harare after President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace.

But the city council on Wednesday told the party to remove the new signs.

The Robert Mugabe Square and Grace Mugabe Way road signs were put up at the site of the Zanu-PF congress earlier this month.

The signs were put on an open piece of land near the party's headquarters.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni is from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

This order will be seen as part of a political tussle in the country's capital.

The mayor told Eyewitness News he's written to the ruling party to ask them to remove the signs.

Manyenyeni said in an interview the open piece of ground near Zanu-PF's headquarters is not meant to have new names at this point in time.

The signs stirred controversy and a lot of wordplay when they were put up just before the ruling party's congress early this month.

Locals suggested the first lady was on her way to political power.