Lobengula’s spear stolen

Nqobile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent
A GOLD coated spear and some artefacts belonging to the last Ndebele King, Lobengula, have been stolen from Old Bulawayo with the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) coming under fire for poor security.

The spear, measuring 1.2M, was stolen from the historic site on the outskirts of Bulawayo where other artefacts of the Ndebele Kingdom are kept.

The incident was discovered on Sunday by a caretaker at Old Bulawayo.

Sources said the caretaker, Stanley Gwebu, discovered that the spear, a 45CM black fly whisk and a small brown clay pot which were placed near King Lobengula’s statue, were missing at around 1:45PM while conducting his chores and reported the matter to the police.

National police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the incident saying police were looking into the matter.

“I can confirm that there was a burglary at Old Bulawayo where some artefacts were stolen. But I don’t have the finer details on the matter. However, police are investigating the matter,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

King Lobengula’s descendant Prince Zwide Khumalo expressed shock at the incident saying the family has not been notified about theft.

Khumalo rapped the NMMZ for failing to provide adequate security at the historic site saying royal artefacts deserved to be kept in a more secure place.

“It raises a lot of concerns within the family, the Ndebele speaking people as well as other Nguni ethnic groups whose history was being kept at Old Bulawayo. There’s something grossly wrong with the security in the national museums. This is not the first time there has been a break in at the museums meaning there is a weakness in their security system,” he said.

Khumalo said the museums should remember that they are custodians of people’s cultures.

Social commentator Cont Mhlanga echoed Khumalo’s sentiments saying the break in exposes NMMZ for its recklessness in preserving culture.

“This isn’t the first time such an incident has happened. There was a break in four or five years ago. Mahachi (Godfrey director of NMMZ) must address this issue. This falls right on his door step,” said Mhlanga.

He said it was baffling that a cultural site like Old Bulawayo was neglected yet it held priceless artefacts.

“It doesn’t make sense that a heritage site of that status can have a single caretaker. There is supposed to be more than one caretaker so that they can work in shifts,” Mhlanga said.

He said there were other cultural sites that are also neglected such as Mhlahlandlela and Entumbane which house King Mzilikazi’s grave and artefacts.

Mahachi was not was not reachable for comment yesterday.

 

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  • MUTASAWAKAROKA

    REMINDS ME OF CHEMISTRY LESSONS. TR: WHAT HAPPENS TO IRON IF EXPOSED TO HUMID AIR? STUD: IT RUSTS!! TR: WHAT HAPPENS TO GOLD? STUD: IT GETS STOLEN. WHO WOULD KEEP A GOLDEN RING, MEDAL, CUP ETC WHEN THINGS ARE THIS TOUGH?? TEMPTATIONS WILL ALWAYS BE THERE EVEN KUBABA uZWIDE KaLANGA NGOKWAKHE TO CONVERT THE ARTEFACT INTO CASH.

    • jaco

      Shut your beak Mutasa If the theft had been in your sacred place you would be singing a different song Do not insult the caretaker in this manner he has much stronger attachment to the artefacts than anyone
      And why use the capital letters

    • Sitshela weTsholotsho

      when Nehanda’s hanging was removed , do you remember the noise that the Shona tribe made.
      lets not forget where we came from.

      • Sitshela weTsholotsho

        i mean the tree

        • N. Sithole

          Just edit your original post.

          • ICT Illiterate

            Please direct us on how its done?

      • N. Sithole

        It turned out that it wasn’t even the actual tree.

  • Ghost of Sparta

    I wish I’d thought of stealing it. I’d make a pretty penny on the world market with illegal antiquities dealers.

    • join us but we don’t need ‘em

      You always confirm my worst fears, that you’re incapable of fully reasoning & using your brains. I’m tempted to think you’tr just another primary kid with access to the internet only.

      • Ghost of Sparta

        That was tongue in cheek wena silima.

  • guduza

    it is now open season “criminals” can waltz in and select prizey history artwork locked in compartments and the police boss just comes up with a belated comminique to say we are looking into it
    That museum carries a lot of Ndebele and colonial history which must be guarded preciously, the only consolation we have is that the original curators of that museum had the vision to create a sister museum in Capetown

    • MakhosiXamu

      Relevance ndoda. It is not the ZRP’s responsibility to guard the Museum. Those entrusted to take care of the place have a duty to safe guard that place and items housed in it. If South Africa was that important Mzilikazi wouldn’t have left Zululand. Whether they have what ever is of no use. Lobhengula went North and never South – because his father directed so. You are just and petty matters that are worth less, shame.

      • guduza

        that museum was annexed by the zanu government in 1981, the manager there now is a zanu deployee and who must guard it then

        • MakhosiXamu

          Zingqondo zakho zolahleko. You are so obssed with ant-Zanu mentality usethuka umnyama ongela mpisi, shame. Ungabualwa yi sisu it must be Zanu, ungakwehlela it must Zanu, if you experience a bad dream it be Zanu. If a woman dumps you it must be zanu ….. kikikikikiiiiiiii.If you allow your brains to rot like this ndoda………. you are about to go eNgutsheni, period.

          • vusumuzi

            “ungabulawa yigugurahundi , yiZANU” “uBra Joe, yiZANU”, “imali ayikho,yiZANU” “diamond money stolen, yiZANU” “, ZRP daily robbing us, yiZANU”. “uBra Joe ulenhlamba,yiZANU”

          • Zuze

            Wenake Xamu. If you see Bums it’s Twangirayi, if there are prostitutes on the street they are Twangirayis. Ndoda it is “same to fanana” kikikikikiki Wena you should have been to Ingutsheni years back.

          • MakhosiXamu

            Why are you throwing stones ,Ndoda?. Kutheni ?. Lahla umkhutshana ka Vusumuzi …….kkikikikikiiiiiiii.

          • Zuze

            Wena qale ukulahla unkhuhlanye we Zanu. Abantu bezanu baleqondo zompankwa kikikikikiki

          • Zuze

            Wena qala ulahle umkhulanye we Zanu.

  • MakhosiXamu

    Your wishes are not everybody’s whims – the paper has the right to report anything without being forced to concentrate on issues that please your poor brain.

    • josefa chinotimba

      Your lack of thinking,lack of basic education and improper guidance by who ever was taking care of you can not be my problem brother.

      You have always misfired at every discussion here such that it therefore leaves me without option but to say that you are shame in whichever way is possible.

    • josefa chinotimba

      The stealing of the spear,what has it got to do with us?

      • MakhosiXamu

        One of you …. being a Zimbo stole the spear in order to make a quick buck. Think , ndoda …think. That empty skull of yours is useless.

  • Mathunjwa Siyafa

    Nope! MakhosiXamu aka Joram stole the spear and clay pot. Not so sure about the black fly whisk.

    • MakhosiXamu

      Kambe ngoneni

      • Khalabemgeza MehlokaMthwakazi

        Utshontshile , icala lembulingubo lingene , sicela umkhonto kaLobengula .kkkkkkk

        • Dubs

          Priceless. Umehlo laye uyahleka? priceless

  • Nonoe

    the one who stole there 5 yrs ago…was he caught? Maybe he decide to hit again kkkk.

  • vusumuzi

    Some comments are turning this incident into a circus. The matter is that; Why does the Govt not entrust the Guarding of such places to the Tribal Custodians, since its their thing. This they can do with Govt , but with the Traditional Leadership having the bigger say but accountable to State , as such sites are Ntional Monuments? This however cannot happen because the Govt is agains’t the Recognition of Traditinal Leadership. Even the current Chieves are just puppets, who also have no practical concern for Ndebele Culture. They have tasted ZANU sweets and then forgotten about proper traditional leadership. They are cowards, sellouts , othathekile , save for a few who were like ubaba uKhayisa. Originally Chieves were army leaders , ready to die for their people , but not esilabo namhla , sebadla amathe awePolitics !! Govt policy towards Culture is vrey ambiguous, pretending to embarce it whilst at the same time not coming out fully to see it happen. HOW DO WE NOT HAVE A YEARLY COMMEMORATION OF OUR FOUNDER UMZILIKAZI if we claim to have real Izinduna ?? The 5th Sept occassions are not made for all Mthwakazi people. Its just a silent occassion and you see a few going to Bulawayo. THATS WRONG . Izinduna must stand up and make it a Whole of Mthwakazi Commemoration- if they dont publicise this , then they do not deserve their positions, thats why we suffer in this region because both Govt and the Izinduna have policies that are not people-oriented.

  • Gogodera

    I feel the caretaker is the first suspect he must be in police sustody by now assisting police with investigations. What is Precious Simango a beautiful sexy looking police spokesperson saying

    • Norbert

      My brother i totally agree with you that Precious is extremely sexy, They should make her a commissioner!

  • join us but we don’t need ‘em

    Some people are quick to say the place should be guarded, people should be on shifts.
    Who will be paying these people??
    Is the museum generating enough revenue to fund it’s own upkeep??
    Who is expected to fork out his money for the upkeep of the museum??
    My suggestion is that City council should takeover the museum & use some of the money from rate payers for the upkeep of the place.

  • vusumuzi

    There is areason why its important-might not be tp you but since you also comment its important. All nations , before civillisation ,looted from each other.That you were from the defeated tribe doesn’t make it unimportant. I am not proud of that history but am disturbed that you want History to be forgotten artificially. It will leave our minds naturally , not by force!!!. Its history , and not a good one,hope it helps to build us together

  • bernitoe

    kkkkkkkk haaaaa kunzima sibili

  • Shepherd “Pidigori” Kombe

    Why all the hullaballo just for a Ndebele Spear? What is so special about it? Did he kill a bull with it?

    • The Awakened

      Its a culture thing I sorry for you without a culture

    • sakaliyatsha

      wena uyihotshi sibili.

  • AmaNdebele
  • QB

    Uyadlala wena kodwa okaNehanda will never disappear.

  • Guava

    Useless useless everywhere

  • Obert

    Nothing was real, get with the plot people, the stuff taken was just tat actual value less than $20, no cultural value, get a life will you? Always ready to blame when you do not ask the correct people the facts.

  • Dooks

    Mr Sithole that is if you have a disqus account. If you like me you cannot edit.

  • matshobane

    Mugabe stole it

  • MUTASAWAKAROKA

    ZELUSIWE PHELA KWELIkaMTHWAKAZI INKOMO ZOKUNTSHONTSHA EZALIXEKANISA LOTSHAKA INKOSI YAMAKHOSI. LASEBOTSWANA KHABAFUNI LAKUZWA INTO ITHIWA LITEBELE, BATHI OKHOKHENU BABANTSHONTSHELA INKOMO LABAFAZI BABO. UYAZIKHONZA SIBILI INKOMO LOBHENGULA, UNGATHI LISHONA ELIBONE IDIAMOND lakoCHIADZWA.

  • Kwakubus’uMambo no Mzilikazi!!

    Could the media and every self respecting African out there please advise why they refer to only “Lobhengula”; as opposed to “King Lobhengula”.
    I find it difficult to understand Africans. Why do you respect the Whites so much as to call the British Monarchy “Queen Elizabeth”, every where and anywhere, including the print and electronic media but will never accord your own cultural leaders the same respect?
    Africans are a waste of energy!!

    • Muzimba

      Why do they refer him as Dzamara but not as Mr Dzamara

      • Kwakubus’uMambo no Mzilikazi!!

        Dzamara has no status of the likes of a King or Queen. That is the difference. Why insist on saying Queen Elizabeth? I still have to hear a Zimbabwean saying simply, “Elizabeth”; like many do with “King Lobhengula”.

  • xhiba

    the spear was supposed to be kept under tight security may be in a bank vault and cheaper one created to ‘hold’ the place, where there is actual gold there has to be tight security, remember the How Mine incident of the nineties where a security truck transporting gold was ambushed by criminals

  • MUTASAWAKAROKA

    YOU MUST HAVE MISSED KING MSWATI’S VISIT TO BYO IN 2009. WEYEKHALA SIBILI NGENKOMO ZENKOSI EZANTSHONTSHAYO NGUMZILIKAZI. AS FOR BOSTWANA YOU MUST BE TALKING OF PART OF THE MUTAPA EMPIRE, FRANCIS TOWN, SELEBI PIKWE AND SIMILAR NORTHERN BOTSWANA PLACES. OTHERWISE aBAKWENA ARE STILL VERY VERY BITTER ABOUT uMZILIKAZI AND THE MATEBELES.

    • Kwakubus’ uMambo no Mzilikazi

      Manga. Tribal wars of Africa’s primitive past are a Shona obsession in Africa. That is why they can’t develop or progress.

  • Tonde

    I sure the thief is a Southerner and is currently doggy paddling across the Limpopo, in MaTommy, to sell the spear in Mzansi.

  • Dumi

    Dingaswayo also?Spreading his sperm all over the North.