Streets in Francistown’sCBD (central business district)named after colonialsettlers, are soon to be renamed.
However, the city fathers have unanimously rejected Guy street be named after late Sebina- Gweta legislator Mudongo Maswikiti.
“The old man did not contribute to the history of this city.
Let his name rather be giventoa road leading to lands in the area he represented,” said Philip Matante East coucillor,Shadreck Nyeku.
Councillor Robert Mosweu of Boikhutso ward also threw out the suggested name.
“It would make more sense to name that street after the city’s first black mayor, James Mogatsu who was the first Motswana to take the reins from the white settlers,” he said.
The department of physical planning, housing and estate management which has been tasked by the Francistown councillors with renaming the city centre streets, proposed the city’s main street, Blue Jacket street, be named after James Ntuane, the city’s longest serving mayor and former customary court president.
The task force was asked to go and engage the community more and come up with more alternatives.
Once council approves the suggested names, the proposed streets would be forwarded to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural development for final approval.