Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor Let’s main­tain his­tor­i­cal sites

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ED­I­TOR — Last month I vis­ited my an­ces­tral home which is at Si­bona area, in eNqa­meni, Gwanda.

On my re­turn to Bu­l­awayo I de­cided to drive along Old Gwanda Road which me­an­ders on top of the lovely Great Ma­tobo Hills. I stopped at the Gu­la­bakhwa Caves which is one of the many at­trac­tions along this road on these hills and I was left dis­ap­pointed.

As you drive along you can hardly no­tice this place. Its like it doesn’t ex­ist. The signs that were erected long ago to show their sit­u­a­tion have long fallen and de­faced. The in­scrip­tions on these fallen signs have been ren­dered in­vis­i­ble.

Where is the depart­ment that is re­spon­si­ble with such his­tor­i­cal places? Is it still in ex­is­tence or it has been dis­banded? Or some­one some­where is sleep­ing on his job and draw­ing his monthly perks for do­ing noth­ing?

As I con­tin­ued driv­ing to­wards Bu­l­awayo I came to a point that gives di­rec­tions to where the grave of His Royal High­ness, the King, iSilo sikaMth­wakazi, uMzi­likazi kaMat­shobana is lo­cated. The di­rec­tion sign at this place is just a small and in­vis­i­ble rusty board. You only see this sign when you know about it but to strangers, they can not see any­thing.

As I stood there watch­ing this use­less signpost I con­cluded that this was great dis­re­spect for the King and that this was a game put in place to con­ceal the great his­tory of this war­rior.

Can the re­spon­si­ble depart­ment do some­thing by at least erect­ing a re­spectable and vis­i­ble sign to en­able peo­ple to see the di­rec­tions lead­ing to the King’s rest­ing place.

They can erect a stone wall with vis­i­ble in­scrip­tions.

A few kilo­me­tres from this point to­wards Bu­l­awayo, you come to the Mzi­likazi Memo­rial ( ok­wakungumthunzi weNkosi). This place is also in a sorry state.

It has been des­e­crated and dis­re­spected. No one looks af­ter it, and there are no signs to as­so­ciate it with this Great King. Sign posts on this site have fallen apart. Grass has not been cut for a long time and this place is in such a de­plorable state.

If this is an agenda of de­stroy­ing this rich his­tory, those spear­head­ing such a de­struc­tive pro­gramme should think again.

I call upon the depart­ment of Na­tional Mu­se­ums and Mon­u­ments to keep such his­tor­i­cal places clean and vis­i­ble.

I also call upon these many groups that talk about Mth­wakazi his­tory to do some­thing to pre­serve this her­itage. It will be mean­ing­less and fool­ish to talk about Mth­wakazi when the source of such rich His­tory is in ru­ins and des­e­crated. “Yanya­malala im­bali enhle yeSilo sikaMth­wakazi”. Nd­abez­inhle Ndlovu (In­qama Elophondo), Gaborone, Botswana

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