Naming of streets after prostitutes in Chiredzi

THE NAMING OF STREETS AFTER PROSTITUTES IN CHIREDZI 'S TSHOVANI TOWNSHIP by Charles Kungwengwe When the biblical Paul of Tarsu...



THE NAMING OF STREETS AFTER PROSTITUTES IN CHIREDZI 'S TSHOVANI
TOWNSHIP by Charles Kungwengwe

When the biblical Paul of Tarsus was converted  from a die-hard
adherent of Judaism into a fire-spitting Christian ,he  converted his
name from Saul to Paul(Acts 13:9).This was also the case with messrs
Abram and Jacob. When the latter had a new calling he ,at God 's
direction , changed his name to Abraham, the father of many
nations(Genesis 17:5).Jacob also changed to Israel (Genesis 32:28).By
the same token ,when Paul was proving his newfound Apostolic
credentials, he boasted that he hailed from Tarsus , 'a no mean city
'(Acts 21:39).Other similar telling names include Charles ,Munondidii
,Muchanyara ,Muchaneta ,Genius ,Nhamo,Judas ,etc

   Names do greatly influence our lives.

A good number of the  streets in Zimbabwe 's Tshovani Township in
Chiredzi  have been named after 'ladies of the night' and this
development has generated a heated debate regarding issues of
morality.

As one travels the length and breadth  of the town ,one is surely
bound to come across such names as Molly, the notorious prostitute who
was burnt to ashes after having double-crossed clients. And
coincidentally ,this street  has gained notoriety for all sorts of
immoral behavior

Moralists claim that this development tends to give the impression
that the town glorifies prostitution and that these prostitutes
are\were  role models. This  picture ,goes the argument ,would surely
have adverse implications on our youths and their impressible and
impressionable minds. And the influence  of  names should not be
under-estimated!

 As I see it, these names have nothing to do with either  condoning or
condemning the name –bearers ' conduct but are simply a part and
parcel of the town 's history and  it is also a way of  acknowledging
the role played by these 'fallen heroines 'in the birth and growth of
the Lowveld Capital. Yes ,they have contributed immensely through
paying rates ,sharing ideas with the council on development issues and
 also used to provide entertainment to the entertainment -starved
community. After all,  history is not all about positive issues, but
also the vulgar aspects of life. Moreover ,prostitution is not the
only vice which people can talk of\about. We all default in different
ways and that equally applies for other 'normal people ' whose names
feature on all the locations' roads. No sin is worse or better  off
than others. Yes the likes of Molly were immoral but how about our
Fathers ,whose names decorate the streets ,yet they were also Molly 's
most regular clients? .And most of us are also male prostitutes but
our names  are displayed on virtually every street. Why not treat
equals equally?

As such ,the noise against the naming process can best be viewed as a
gender issue. Whether theses names are removed or not ,we cannot think
–away that history in Chiredzi. Neither can we stop the oldest trade
,which will always be there ,especially in these days when formal
employment is hard to come by.

In conclusion  , this writer believes the naming of streets after
prostitutes is long overdue and is a commendable exercise.
// Opinion



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