BULAWAYO, Tuesday, December 3, 1991 — Eyebrows are being raised in Masvingo over a surprise move by the local authority to remount the Maxim gun, which is among several monuments removed at independence because they were considered to be of a colonial character.
The gun, which had been at the Military Museum in Gweru since its removal in the early 1980s, was remounted at its original site at the corner of Robert Mugabe Way and Leopold Takawira Avenue, apparently a few days before Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the town in October.
While residents of Masvingo appeared surprised about the council’s move, the Town Clerk, Cde Tsunga Mhangami, alluding to political reforms taking place worldwide, said the remounting of the gun was “part of the changes.’’
Cde Mhangami said the local authority’s decision to remount the gun had nothing to do with the Queen’s visit during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
“People are beginning to be politically mature and because the gun has always been a part of this town, it would therefore be unfair for future generations of this town to be deprived of their history’’, he said.