By Staff Reporter
MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa said he is going to rename the country and all ten provinces if his party wins the next general elections.
This is so because the country is going to have a new direction and a new ideology starting from August, according to Chamisa.
Zimbabwe is expected hold to elections on the 30th July, polls that have generated a lot of interest globally. Zanu PF leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Chamisa are the main presidential candidates, both contesting without their father figures deposed Robert Mugabe and the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
Addressing the party leaders and aspiring candidates at the launch of the Alliance policy document at Christian Jubilee Centre in Milton Park Thursday in Harare, Chamisa said the country will be renamed Great Zimbabwe.
The MDC Alliance launched Sustainable and Modern Agenda for Real Transformation (SMART) policy document as its election manifesto.
“In a new Zimbabwe, we do not believe in vendors, we believe in entrepreneurship,” he said.
“So, we are also going to have a change of a name just as well we are going to have a change of the country.”
“Once there is a change of direction, there is going to be a change of the name, to say the purpose has changed, the effect has and the direction has changed.”
He added, “So we are going to be called the Great Zimbabwe very soon not, just Zimbabwe.”
Chamisa went on to say that Thursday was great day because they were launching a document that was going to free citizens from the manacles and shackles of poverty, dictatorship, politics of old ideas and politics of personalities.
He said was also going to rename the country’s ten provinces.
“We are going to rename the provinces subject to the concurrence with the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“We believe that we can’t be called Matabeleland, Mashonaland, Manicaland; we tribalising ourselves and we are taking after Smith (former Rhodesian prime minister).”
He added, “This is Zimbabwe land and Zimbabwe land is going to have various regions.”
“There is nothing wrong in having regions, tribes because even Jesus was of the tribe of Juda, it’s not bad.”
“But if you go into negative tribalism where you are naming on account of tribes, you are dividing your people; you are killing your people.”
“You are sowing seeds of division, we want to unite people by renaming the provinces,” he added.
He also said because of the MDC Alliance policy, parliament will be relocated to Gweru.
“Harare shall remain the capital city of commerce and trade and investment and of course Bulawayo being the capital of industry.
Mutare will come in with horticulture and tourism and other important things like Tanganda (tea)”.