MP Uladi wants change of colonial BOMA titles

Maravi People’s Party president Uladi Mussa, an MP for Salima south constituency told parliament on Tuesday that Malawi government needs to change the colonial BOMA titles for districts.

Mussa, the presidential aspirant for 2014, argued that the title of British Overseas for Military Administration (BOMA) no longer holds meaning to Malawi because the country is free from British rule.

He said government should scrap the titles and replace them with a home-grown name.

Uladi: Change Boma

The lawmaker wondered why despite 47 years since Malawi have been independent from Britain, the Boma titles have been maintained.

Mussa, who served for almost 10 years as a Cabinet minister in both the UDF and DPP government, said the titles should be adjusted in the same spirit that names of towns such as then Fort Johnston and Port Herald were changed to Mangochi and Nsanje respectively.

Responding, Local Government Minister Henry Mussa said the suggestion by the MP will be “food for thought” for the government.

In the 19th century, the colonial master Britain BOMA offices usually included a fortified police station or military barracks.

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