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Fire destroys Old Bulawayo


One of Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions and Ndebele traditional monuments, Old Bulawayo, was on Monday razed down in veld fires that broke out just outside the city.
A visit to the site by NewsDay late yesterday afternoon showed the fires consumed the entire “city” that had been reconstructed by the Department of National Museums and Monuments (NMMZ).
Old Bulawayo included beehive huts and the King’s Kraal which had collapsed due to old age. In an interview yesterday evening, NMMZ director Godfrey Mahachi said the veld fire broke out a few kilometres away from the monument site.
“Despite effort of staff at the monument and the Fire Brigade to put out the fire, the fire consumed the monument and what remains standing are some of the walls that we reconstructed,” Mahachi said.
He said his department would do all in its powers to reconstruct the monument.
The monument was a reminder of how the Ndebele king of the 19th century, Mzilikazi, administered his kingdom. It gave a clear picture to historians and international visitors alike of how the traditional Ndebele king’s village looked like.

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