By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, August 23, 2016 – SOME cheeky Bulawayo residents, frustrated with the current government’s continued failure to roll out the country’s devolution programme on Monday clandestinely “renamed” Robert Mugabe Way to Devolution Way.
Residents were taken aback on Tuesday morning when they woke up to find one of the city’s busiest streets renamed after a subject the Zanu PF led government has seemingly been reluctant to address.
The new “street name” was inscribed against a metal plate bearing the street on a street light.
Even though it was not clear who did it, what was evident was that this was the work of disgruntled city residents frustrated by the slow progress of devolution.
Bulawayo, the country’s second largest city, is a predominantly Ndebele speaking metropolis whose residents have long grumbled against alleged marginalisation by the Robert Mugabe led government.
Led by opposition political parties which draw bigger support from the region, residents strongly supported the principle of devolution to be enshrined in the country’s new constitution in 2013.
Three years after this, there has been reluctance by the current government in implementing a programme which is intended to grant powers to the country’s different regions to be primary beneficiaries of local resources.