AFRICA: ZIMBABWE TO RENAME INSTITUTIONS BEARING COLONIAL NAMES

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The New Zimbabwe reports that the Zimbabwean government plans to rename institutions bearing colonial names.

Victoria Falls will be renamed alongside several other institutions, following a weekend Zanu PF resolution to use them to honour the country’s liberation heroes.

Committee chairman Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said it did not make sense for colonial names to remain in place in an independent Zimbabwe.

“Institutions bearing colonial names must be changed and be given indigenous names . . . school syllabuses must also change,” Chombo said.

We should teach our children about Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, General (Josiah Magama) Tongogara and other gallant fighters of our liberation struggle.

In an interview with NewsDay, war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda said there was no going back on the resolution.

“We still have institutions like Allan Wilson School, what an insult considering what that man did to our country,” said Sibanda.

David Livingstone was not the first person to see the Victoria Falls, they (the falls) must be rebranded Mosi-Oa-Tunya. We have soldiers living at KG (King George) VI (Barracks).

“How can we have our barracks continue to be named after a foreign king?”

Sibanda also rubbished possibilities that the move would impact negatively on tourists for sites like Victoria Falls, visited by around 30,000 people every year.

“People are not visiting (Queen) Victoria, but the falls,” he said. 
“If they want to see the legacy of Queen Victoria, her grave is there in England and they are free to do so. Very soon they would be landing at Robert Mugabe International Airport.”
I totally agree with the decision to rename these institutions and replace with the names of the liberation heroes.  Other nations who suffered under evil colonial rule should follow Zimbabwe’s lead and rename their institutions too.

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6 replies »

  1. We’ve been raised to worship and praise Western Heroes and Sheroes even if many never had our best interests at heart and despise our own heroes and Sheroes who were hostile to European influence.

  2. I feel this is a revolutionary move, if it kicks off. Africans as a nation need it. We need to learn history that empowers us, not that which makes us fourth class world citizens.

  3. ‘Very soon they will be landing at Robert Mugabe International Airport.’

    Or boycotting Zimbabwe as a whole, rather than landing at an airport called Robert Mugabe.

    Africa is a continent btw.

  4. I don’t think anyone in Africa as a whole will lose sleep either. Even in South Africa thanks to Question Time recently held there an audience member made it clear that Africans know what is best for Africa. So all them countries need to start some balls rolling. I can’t remember what South Africa’s original name before the colonisers. There has been a campaign for a name change there too but doesnt look like it has the same oomph behind it.

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