Friends of Joshua Nkomo Trust com­plete Muzenda her­itage site

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

FRIENDS of Joshua Nkomo Trust has completed up­grad­ing the $200 000 KwaVaMuzenda Vil­lage in Mucheke A sub­urb in Masvingo into a her­itage site, paving the way for its com­mis­sion­ing by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe next month.

The her­itage site has been es­tab­lished at a house near Mucheke bus ter­mi­nus where the late VP, who died in 2003, used to live with his fam­ily be­fore the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence in 1980.

Friends of Joshua Nkomo Trust cre­ative di­rec­tor Mr Ray­ban Seng­wayo said the up­grad­ing work at KwaVaMuzenda Vil­lage is now com­plete and builders were now work­ing on the stone wall around the vil­lage.

Mr Seng­wayo said the com­mis­sion­ing of the her­itage site would co­in­cide with Zanu-PF’s 16th An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s con­fer­ence slated for Masvingo Show Grounds from De­cem­ber 13 to 17.

He said the KwaVaMuzenda Vil­lage had been up­graded into a her­itage site as a way of pay­ing homage to the late na­tional hero.

Mr Seng­wayo said the mu­seum would have pic­tures, the late VP Muzenda’s walk­ing stick and all para­pher­na­lia as­so­ci­ated with him as well as the car that he used dur­ing the colo­nial era.

A cof­fee shop and an art and craft cen­tre would also be es­tab­lished at the her­itage site.

“The ground is al­most set for the com­mis­sion­ing of KwaVaMuzenda her­itage site next month. As I am speak­ing we are do­ing fi­nal touches on the perime­ter wall after we have fin­ished re­fur­bish­ing the three huts. The lo­cal Zanu PF lead­er­ship led by Cde Joosbi Orma and the busi­ness com­mu­nity have been as­sist­ing us fin­ish the $200 000 project,” said Mr Seng­wayo.

He said three re­fur­bished huts would be named after late lu­mi­nar­ies who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­tracted strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence and lived in Masvingo so that the present gen­er­a­tion can have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of how in­de­pen­dence came about.

“We have iden­ti­fied the fam­i­lies who were res­i­dents of Mucheke sub­urb in 1892. Three fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tives will give us some his­tory dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing. Some fam­i­lies lived with the Muzenda fam­ily.

“We have named these huts after the late Cdes Nolan Makombe, Mayor Urimbo and Ben­jamin Burombo,” Mr Seng­wayo said.—@wal­terbm­swazie2.

The KwaVaMuzenda Vil­lage in Mucheke A sub­urb, Masvingo

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