Byo rejects request to rename Cowdray Park

THE Bulawayo City Council has turned down a request by government to rename a section of Cowdray Park Hlalani Kuhle suburb, saying the houses were built on the site of an existing suburb.

The portion in question has houses built to help victims of government’s contr

oversial Operation Murambatsvina under Operation Hlalani Kuhle.

The Bulawayo Inter-Provincial Command in April wrote to council and proposed that the new settlement be named Hlalani Kuhle, but a full council meeting last week turned down the recommendation.

The council resolution stated that “the proposal to officially name the Operation Hlalani Kuhle site, ‘Hlalani Kuhle’ be not acceded to as the site is an integral part of Cowdray Park suburb. There would be no objection to that section of Cowdray Park being informally called Hlalani Kuhle as there are numerous precedents of such a nature in the high density suburbs.

“Precedents exist at Luveve and Entumbane where some sections of the suburb were known as Tshaka, Geneva, Villages I and 2 respectively. These were not official names,” Bulawayo mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube said.

The latest refusal by council to accede to government demands flies in the face of President Mugabe who, when he officially commissioned the houses, indicated that there should be a new name for the area.

Some of the houses in Bulawayo have not been occupied after construction defects, caused by the commencement of the construction before a sewer system had been laid out, were spotted.
The builders hit bedrock that made it impossible to set up the sewer system.  — Staff Writer.

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