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Chitungwiza (Zimbabwe)

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[Chitungwiza city flag] image by Arnaud Leroy, 2 Dec 2000

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Chitungwiza municipal flag

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. 400 000 inhabitants)

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, 04 Dec 2000

Chitungwiza Coat of Arms

[Chitungwiza coat of arms] image from Ralf Hartemink's website.

The heraldic description of the Chitungwiza municipal Arms, registered under Trade Marks Reference Number 475 dated 06 October 1986, is as follows:

ARMS: Per fess gules and barry wavy Argent and Azure, a fess Sable the base enarched voided argent and charged with fine palets also Sable.  In chief a lion statant issuant Or and in base plate charged with "Nhuudurwa" (Nhumdurwa) plant proper behind the escutchean in saltire to the dexter a spear and to the sinister a knobkerrie both proper.
CREST: On a earth of the colours a murial crown issuant therefrom a Zimbabwe Bird Or.
Bruce Berry,
04 Dec 2000