David Livingstone was not the first person to see the Victoria Falls. Did the Africans who lived there for thousands of years not have eyes?
We speak about the first man to see Mt Kilimanjaro as if we who lived next to the mountain were blind. - Brother Garikai Chengu
Zanu PF to rename Victoria Falls after heroes
VICTORIA Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is set to be renamed alongside several other institutions, following a weekend Zanu PF resolution to use them to honour the country’s liberation heroes.
The resolution was made by Zanu PF’s committee on sports, culture, religion and liberation war heritage at the Zanu PF annual conference which ended in Chinhoyi on Saturday.
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.”
Just after independence, Zimbabwe changed the names of major roads throughout the country, replacing colonial ones with those of liberation war fighters.
Several schools and other key facilities such as KG VI Barracks (named after King George the 6th) and Rhodes Nyanga National Park continue to bear colonial names.