Chamisa wants to change Zimbabwe name to Zimbabwe ‘Great’

Acting president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, Nelson Chamisa, gives a speech on February 20, 2018, during the burial of Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week after a battle with cancer, at his rural village Humanikwa in Buhera. Tsvangirai became a symbol of resistance to the ruling ZANU-PF's authoritarianism, entrenched since Zimbabwe broke from its colonial master Britain in 1980. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed to rename the country to “Great Zimbabwe” saying the current name is “cursed”, the New Zimbabwe news site reports.

“Zimbabwe cannot remain Zimbabwe, because it has been turned into Zimbabwe ruins,” Mr Chamisa told thousands of supporters at a rally in the eastern city of Mutare on Sunday.

“The name Zimbabwe is cursed as you can see our national soccer team always lose matches – cricket team is always defeated, volleyball is always defeated,” he added.

A Twitter account which monitors Zimbabwe media shared a video of Mr Chamisa’s comment at a rally on Saturday where he made the same comments:

Zim Media Review@ZimMediaReview

Chamisa speaking on his governance plan;
• Country to change name to Great Zimbabwe
• Harare will remain the Capital but the seat of Govt and Parliament to move to Gweru
• Mutare to be centre for timber, tourism, horticulture

Report

The 40-year-old politician aims to be president in the 30 July election – the first after longtime leader Robert Mugabe left office.

He told supporters on Sunday: “We will be renaming it to Great Zimbabwe in line with the greatness which is coming.”

Mr Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa are considered the frontrunners in the presidential race.