BULAWAYO, Monday, September 30, 1991 — The Bulawayo City Council, whose housing waiting list stands at more than 37 000, is in a dilemma following the discovery of graveyards in a large section of Nketa section 8 and some parts of the new middle income stands at Mahatshula.
The Matabeleland regional director of museums, Cde Albert Kumirai, said recently that following a visit to Nketa 8 by an archaeologist from the Queen Victoria Museum in Harare, the board of the museums’ trustee had advised the city council that development in the areas affected be stopped until it had been established who the graves belong to.
Cde Kumirai said although his department acknowledged the need for stands, people could not be left to destroy vital information on the Ndebele culture.
In July workers clearing a piece of land for the construction of a sports field at Nketa Secondary School discovered a grave yard which was believed to be the resting place of King Lobengula’s n’angas.
The archaeologist who visited the graveyard last month, Miss Lorraine Adams, said in a report to the regional director of museums that in Nketa Section 8 — 150 graves were discovered on about five hectares of land. The graves were first unearthed in 1984 when the city started developing the area.
About 700 metres to the north-west of the burial area, more graves have been found on the grounds of Nketa Secondary School.
The graves are believed to date back to the Iron Age traditions called Zhizo, Woollandle, Leopard’s Kopje and Khami. The methods of burial are still recognised by the Ndebele people.