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    Councillor’s bid to name street after Tsvangirai hits a brick wall


    MASVINGO -  A proposal by youthful MDC T councillor, Godfrey Kurauone to have Hofmeyer Street in Masvingo CBD named after the iconic democracy fighter Morgan Richard Tsvangirai has hit against a brick wall after the local authority realised that it has no powers to change names of streets.
    Ward 4 councillor, Kurauone recently proposed that Hofmeyer, probably the third busiest street in Masvingo be named after Tsvangirai. He said that this was in honour of the crucial role that the iconic leader played in entrenching democracy in Zimbabwe.
    However after further research it was realised that local authorities have no powers to rename the streets. They can only name new streets.
    In terms of the Urban Councils Act section 212 (1) , the naming of roads and streets within council areas is the prerogative of the local authority.
    "The council may from time to time assign names to roads within the council area and cause the name of any road to be affixed to or painted on any house , building or other structure fronting upon any part of such road.''
    Masvingo Town Clerk, Adolf Gusha however, said "as a local authority we have no powers to rename any streets, but we have powers to name any streets without seeking any powers from the Ministry.  news

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