President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday 8 December 2020 proclaimed Victoria Falls a city through Statutory Instrument 285 of 2020 whose substance is to upgrade the municipality into a city in terms of the Urban Councils Act.
Through a Statutory instrument (SI), the president said:
Whereas in terms of Section 141 of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15 it is provided that a growth point, unincorporated urban area, local board or council may apply to the Minister in the form and manner prescribed for a change of its status.
Whereas by section 14(2) of the said Act the Minister took necessary steps under the Act to effect the changes applied for and whereas Section 5 and 6 of the said Act have been complied with, I consider it desirable to make this proclamation by virtue of powers vested in the President, I do by this proclamation alter the name Victoria Falls Municipality to Victoria Falls City, and also assign the name Victoria Falls to City Council.
President Mnangagwa arrived in the resort town on Tuesday evening ahead of the scheduled Wednesday conferment of the city status.
The resort city whose population is estimated around 40 000 will be the second tourism city in the region after Cape Town.