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Musikavanhu criticises English name for new Chiredzi suburb

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Gumbwanda
CHIREDZI – Chiredzi West
Member of Parliament (MP) Farai Musikavanhu has criticised Chiredzi Town
Council for giving a new suburb an English name, saying an indigenous language
name could have been chosen.
Addressing
crowds that gathered at Tshovani Stadium for a youth-themed service delivery
meeting dubbed ‘Maborn-born’ festival last weekend, Musikavanhu said council
was ill-informed to name its newest residential development Melborne Park.
With
reference to Cllr Ropafadzo Makumire, who was present at the event, and who is
Chiredzi Town Council deputy chairperson, Musikavanhu said an indigenous name
could have been found to protect the district’s cultural heritage.
“These
councillors failed to establish a traditional name for our medium density and
chose an English one, Melbourne Park. Is that really possible? Are they serious
about preserving our cultural heritage?” said Musikavanhu.
When
Makumire was given the podium to give a vote of thanks, he tried to defend the
council saying it was not proper for Musikavanhu to shame fellow elected public
officials in front of the crowd.
“We
were all voted into office MP, it’s never good to mock others in front of the
same electorate which voted you in office,” said Makumire.
Many
people have also criticised council’s naming choices as reflective of mental
colonialism and an ingrained inferiority complex.

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