HARARE, Zimbabwe — Colonial-era names were eliminated Tuesday on most of Zimbabwe's major government buildings as well as districts and rivers, and African ones were assigned.
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe's office released a list of the new names, which replace relics of British and white Rhodesian days. For example, the Milton building, housing Mugabe's office, was renamed after an 18th-Century tribal kingdom, Munhumutapa.
Most of the new names honor leaders of the fight against formerly white-governed Rhodesia, but only the Seven Heroes Building in Chinhoyi, 75 miles north of the capital of Harare, refers directly to the guerrilla war that resulted in black rule and independence in 1980. (Harare itself was called Salisbury until 1980.)
The Earl Grey building--named for an early chairman of the British South Africa Company that colonized the southern African country who is also memorialized by a popular tea--is becoming the Mukwati Building. Mukwati was a chief who led an early uprising.