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Anti-colonial name bid: Zim to rename Victoria Falls

18 December 2013, 11:13

Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s renowned tourist destination the Victoria Falls could soon be rebranded Mosi-Oa-Tunya after ruling party Zanu-PF unveiled plans to rename it and give it an indigenous name, according to a report.

President Robert Mugabe’s party argued the country could not continue to honour the legacy of colonialism after it gained independence more than 30 years ago.

A leader of an association of ex-fighters for Zimbabwe's independence, Jabulani Sibanda said there was no going back on the resolution, said News Day.

Victoria Falls was named after the British monarch, Queen Victoria by a missionary, David Livingstone, the first white person to set sight on one of the world's seven natural wonders.

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

Chombo said there was need to rename all institutions with colonial names and give them indigenous ones, adding school syllabuses also needed to be changed so that children were taught about the country’s “gallant fighters and our liberation struggle”.  

- News24


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