The Bulawayo City Council has no authority to change street names, according to the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Marian Chombo, The Chronicle reports.
This was revealed in an interview with the publication where Marian Chombo reportedly said:
The town clerk of Bulawayo City Council was contacted by the chief director in my ministry in connection with the name change issue after it appeared in The Chronicle. The Urban Councils Act gives council power to give names to new roads and numbers to houses but only Cabinet has the powers to make name alterations of roads.
If council builds a new road, they can give it a name but they can’t change the name of an existing one as they don’t have the powers. Local authorities should submit their proposals for name changes to Cabinet for consideration. They have no power whatsoever to effect the name changes without Cabinet approval. If Cabinet gazettes the name changes then that’s final.
This came after the BCC renamed roads and ignored the cabinet’s suggestions.
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