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Chitungwiza is the youngest local authority in Zimbabwe and is located 9 km south of Greater Harare. It was formed in 1978 by the amalgamation of three African townships to form a residential dormitory for the capital. Chitungwiza received full municipal status in 1981 and it is now the third largest and fastest growing urban centre in the country. (c. 275.000 inh)
As the youngest municipality in the country, Chitungwiza has not had
the colonial influence which has been prevalent in the arms and flags of
the other municipal centres in Zimbabwe. A more distinctively African-orientated
municipal coat of arms have been chosen and this forms the basis of a municipal
flag which was adopted on 30 September 1986. The flag comprises three horizontal
stripes of orange, white and orange, each of the orange stripes being one
quarter the width of the flag with the middle
white stripe being one half the width of the flag. The municipal arms are in the centre of the flag on the white stripe. Orange is the corporate colour of the municipality while white is said to stand for peace and development. The Shona motto, "Pamberi Nekushandira Pamwe", means (Marching) Forward in Co-operation.
Source: Municipal Flags in Zimbabwe, lecture by Bruce Berry presented at XVII ICV, Cape Town 1997) [brr99].
Bruce Berry, 4 Dec 2000