By staff writer
The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing recently announced name alterations
for roads across the country including the City of Bulawayo which has sparked a massive public outcry and mixed reactions from residents.
The primary concern of residents is that they where not involved in any consultatative process as stakeholders and secondarily, given President Mnangagwas’ alleged unresolved involvement with Gukurahundi hence naming a street after him in Bulawayo is adding salt to open wounds.
This notification was done in terms of section 4(1) of Names (Alteration) Act Chapter 10:14. This
notice was cited as the Names (Alteration) Amendment of Schedule) Notice, 2020.
Arnold Moyo a political analyst said “The government’s controversial move to rename street names has proved to be divisive,unnecessary, ill-timed, ill-thought-out,and insensitive”
Others commenting on the microblogging platform Twitter share their views;
Bukhosi Moyo Local Government researcher said, ” Didn’t we say it’s the local authority’s mandate? Now they come via an SI.
Vuyisile J Ndlovu said, ” the rest are fine.6th ave is a BIG PROBLEM!! It should be left as 6th AVE.
Tendai Zinyama said, “Imagine the money which is supposed to be used to repair roads we will be used to change names of roads just to stroke the ego of an individual? . Never again do we want a goat header near statehouse again.”
Paul Sixpence said,”Renaming of streets is not a bad idea per se, but the problem is lack of local consultation. Renaming of roads is part of the city’s identity & should serve as means to memorialise the city’s heroes & heroins.”
Earlier this year,the Ministry of Local Government and City of Bulawayo clashed over the
former’s move to rename some city streets that saw City of Bulawayo countering the Ministry’s renaming with preferred names .