Lack of funds stalls Old Byo reconstruction

National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe

THE National Museums Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) has revealed that reconstruction at Old Bulawayo monuments has been deferred pending the disbursement of funds.

NMMZ director Godfrey Mahachi yesterday told Southern Eye that construction work has been put on hold  as the organisation waits for funds to continue with rehabilitation of the monuments.

“We are waiting for the disbursement of funds. Once that is done, we are likely to resume work in the next coming weeks,”Mahachi said.

“My teams are busy organising exhibitions, photography and other office work to do with the Old Bulawayo project. Therefore, I can safely say to you that we are not at a standstill because we are working on some of the paperwork,” he said.

Mahachi said funds were likely to be disbursed before monthend, adding that once funds were available, rehabilitation work would be back at full throttle.

The project was supposed to be completed last year after the government promised to assist with funding.

Old Bulawayo is former Ndebele King Lobengula’s capital.  It is located 15km south-east of present-day Bulawayo.

It was established by King Lobengula in 1870 after the death of his father King Mzilikazi in 1868. The site was gutted by fire in August 2010, prompting the current renovations.

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