THE Bulawayo City Council has rejected a proposal by Cowdray Park residents to have a secondary school in the suburb named after one of the city’s most eminent citizens and Highlanders Football Club patron, Tafi Moyo, it has emerged.
Moyo died late last year aged 108 and had the school been named after him, the honour would have come before his death. According to the latest council agenda tabled at yesterday’s full council meeting, Cowdray Park, Pumula South and Emgwanwini residents were asked to propose names for schools in their respective suburbs.
The local authority has a prerogative of coming up with suitable names for schools under its jurisdiction and the Primary and Secondary Education ministry requested names for secondary schools in the three areas.
Cowdray Park residents proposed the names Vukuzenzele Nyongolo, a grandfather of the late nationalist Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and Tafi Moyo, who council credit with founding the Mzilikazi Tenants’ Association and a being former trustee of the same association.
Initially, Pumula South residents proposed Esizindeni, Emfakuceba and Emthembuzana, while Emganwini residents put forward names of the late national hero, Lookout Masuku and Nandi, and Dingani the mother and brother of Zulu King Shaka, respectively.
Esizindeni was one of 15 districts under the administrative jurisdiction of Chief Mengezwa Fuyane in the province of Amhlophe, where the Ndebele capital Mhlahlandlela was.
According to the report, Emfakuceba was one of the 15 districts under the administration of Chief Mqegwana Kheswa, where King Mzilikazi Khumalo’s righthand man Gwabalanda Mathe directly oversaw the administration of the districts, while Emthembuzana was a grave in the province of Amhlophe.
The administrator or chief of Emthembuzana was Msalela Maduna, another trusted lieutenant of King Mzilikazi. However, council said if the names picked by residents were rejected, the local authority would refer to a list of names in a “naming of schools” file.
The local authority chose Tjibundule and Injelele for Emganwini, while Phakama, Mphezeni and Mehlokazulu were picked for Pumula South.