Mixed views have ensued over the newly rehabilitated clock at the renowned Blantyre Clock Tower with Roman numeral five on the multi-million kwacha clock appearing upside down.
However, commenting on the matter in an interview, Public Relations Manager (PRM) for Blantyre City Council (BCC) Anthony Kasunde said there is no problem with the numbering of the clock saying the clock has been there for a while and the city has observed that before.
On his part, in a separate interview on Thursday, Innocent Khembo working at the Mathematical Department at The Polytechnic said that when the Clock Tower was being designed, they followed geographical mapping considering that the highway has four ways hence the use of such a figure to direct people where they are going and coming from.
Khembo added that normally, it is not right for the numeral number to be in that position; however for the sake of the area itself, it is sensible for the Roman numeral to look upside down as a way of directing and providing awareness to people on how they can use the road appropriately.
Therefore, Khembo said that the number was designed like that intentionally with the aim of letting people know how they can use the road properly.
In contrast, Education Activist Benedicto Kondowe said it is not right to use the figure in such a manner because it compromises what many people adhere to through their studies.
Kondowe said putting the Roman numeral number five in an upside down position on the clock will disturb many people and may also affect the young generation since this will contradict with that they learn in school.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :