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Why not Eastern Province, why Manicaland?

14 Oct 2019 at 15:57hrs | Views
Naming our provinces tribally was a white man's way of diving us so they could rule unhindered. Remember united we stand and divided we fall, it was one way of entrenching and stamping their authority on the land.

Mashonaland, Matebeleland, Manicaland etc; do we need that in independent Zimbabwe. Do I need to be reminded daily that I am a Zezuru, so and so is a Manyika, why? Its advisable to do away with the tribal provincial names we use to this day.

Why not Northern Province, South Province and so on? It is one sure way of promoting unity and tolerance among our people. Like one recently correctly pointed out that the three major languages, Shona, Ndebele and English must be incorporated in the schools curricular and be compulsorily taught up to Form two in pursuance of total unity of our people.

Let's make it our priority to forge unity in our rather polarised nation. We do not even need a referendum to adopt this noble trajectory that is very constructive and unifying.

In the whole of SADC, its only in Zimbabwe where a visitor can quickly tell who is who by where someone comes from. In Zambia its either Northern Province or Eastern.

RSA has neutral names like Limpopo Province etc, why not borrow a leaf and do like wise. There is no harm in copying good habits, Eastern Province is the way to go.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Chinehasha.

Source - Thomas Tondo Murisa
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