EDITORIAL: DCC must come clean on changes to street names EDITOR THIS DAY DAR ES SALAAM THE Dar es Salaam City Council (DCC) recently warned that punitive measures would be taken against any person or institution found to have changed street names without following proper procedures. The DCC Director, Bakari Kingobi, was reacting to a story ran by this newspaper on unsanctioned changes to street names in the Dar es Salaam central business district. According to Kingobi, even the signpost showing the famous Kisutu Street was removed and replaced with another sign post depicting the seemingly-adopted Indian name of Pramukh Swami, apparently without the knowledge of the city council. In his own words, the city council director said whoever effected the changes has broken the law and would be punished accordingly. But todate the unsanctioned new signpost � put more than a month ago-- is still there, raising questions on the sincerity of the city council director on this matter. If its true that such changes to street names, especially the Kisutu Street, were casually done by some residents without the knowledge or approval by relevant DCC authorities, then we thought the first step would be to remove the new illegal signposts and restore the valid ones. The DCC has not done that. Why? The DCC director must tell us why his council is not taking any punitive measures (as promised) against the culprits. If he remains quiet it means these changes were actually sanctioned by the city council, and what he was telling us were sheer lies! We all know that the DCC is the sole authority when it comes to naming streets in the metropolis. Therefore anybody who unilaterally changes street names without approval of the city council is breaking the law and must be punished accordingly. We seriously doubt the honesty of the DCC director on this for its more than two months now since the Kisutu Street sign post and others were illegally removed and its business as usual. There is increasing evidence of traditional street name signposts being pulled down and replaced with new sign posts displaying decidedly strange names all over the city and its suburbs. The DCC must understand that the unscrupulous changes of street names could cause confusion to tourists and other visitors who rely on maps to move around the expansive city. It is for this reason that we call upon the DCC director to come clean on the questionable changes to street names.