UPDATED: Bulawayo City Council in presidential portrait boob!

f-zimbabwe-a-20171205-870x595

Bongani Ndlovu, Chronicle Correspondent
THE new political dispensation seems to have bypassed Bulawayo City Council, with a Government minister yesterday ordering the removal of a portrait of former President Robert Mugabe that was hanging from one of the local authority’s facilities.

Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation Raymond Kazembe was touring the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre Home Industries section yesterday, where he ordered the removal of the portrait two months after Cde Mugabe’s resignation.

A Chronicle news crew which was part of the tour, observed the drama unfold.

After Minister Kazembe had toured the pottery and arts section of the facility at the centre, he was ushered to the home industry section to see basket weaving by women.

He quickly observed the abnormality and demanded that municipality officials pull down the portrait.

“Thank you for welcoming me. But first let’s deal with that,” said Minister Kazembe pointing to the former President’s portrait on the wall above the door to the first section.

Mortified, BCC officials hastened to heed Minister Kazembe’s demand.

While two officials removed the portrait, there were murmurs by some among the delegation, wondering how such a glaring oversight was possible.

After the boob had been corrected, Minister Kazembe said he was impressed by the weaving techniques by the women at the home industry.

He said he was blown away by the baskets that the women were making in the first floor of the building.

Cde Judith Ncube, a Zanu-PF Central Committee member said some women work from home and send their wares to the centre so that they can sell to others.

The home industries section is a training centre for girls and women where they are trained in handwork skills that include ilala, batik basketry, knitting and weaving.

Pin It
  • Gen Gowon

    So the prominent story is unremoved portrait of the former president?Honesty could it generate all that hysteria as to attract a headline in a whole national newspaper like the chronicle? Could only say reckless gutter journalism and please give us a break.

    • Pilato

      Honestly what’s wrong with just a picture

  • KHUMBULANI

    HAHAHAHAHAHA THEY NEVER STOP TO AMAZE ME, WHAT WOULD A PICTURE OF A DETHORNED FRIEND OF THIERS CHANGE, A PERSON THEY DINNED WITH LOOTED WITH, TODAY YOU CANT STAND HIS PICTURE, JUST A PICTURE. COME ON KAZEMBE WE HAVE SERIOUS ISSUES TO BE ATTENDED TOO IN THE CITY OF KINGS. AND YOU GUYS FROM THE MEDIA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA JUST A WAKE UP CALL FOR YOU, THANKS FOR SHOWING US HOW LOW KAZEMBE CAN STOEP LOW, GRACE WAS RIGHT CALLING HIM NAMES AT RALLIES.

    • Privie

      thts true my brother there are crc issues tht need attention other than this picture what effect does it have to an extent that the issue has to be published by the media lyk crcsly

      • Martin Chipimo

        Yes, what should have been covered are issues relating to “how many industries are opening in January. What economic empowerment will be given to the Art industry in Bulawayo etc.”

  • bh

    Nothing newsworthy here. Did he demand?

  • sigodo

    Africa is in serious trouble. What is the fuss over a portrait honestly. We have very serious issues to deal with. Serious economic questions that beg radical answers and attention. Chronicle people you must be ashamed of yourselves. Give us news of substance. Do not drain our intelligence with your useless tissues. We want you to deal with real issues!

    • !!!>

      You are right sigodo 100% right!

  • mathe

    ziza xotshwa imisebezi ngokungananzeleli

    • privie

      bt honestly is tht an issue enkulu engaxotshisa umuntu umsebenzi sibili yet the person abathi why ipicture yakhe lokhe ikhona ngumuntu ababesidla laye imali in the expense of developing th nation…..I dnt thnk th issue was worth publishing…Africa is in a crc crisis I jst drm of a country tht will hv leaders e.g Mayors,,chiefs,,mps,ministers who r not bootlickers abamela iqiniso….I thnk thts th kind of pple we want in order for our nation to develop

  • BonzoReChihuta

    Petty reporting, really. How is a picture of an old, unwanted and deposed dictator newsworthy more than the socio-economic activity the Minister came to see? Political reporting: this is where you realise we need serious re-orientation in Zim. Let’s play economics.

    • Martin Chipimo

      Well put, really

  • musa

    it shows the bulawayo city council is busy running the affairs of the city than to be bothered by a potrait or potraits. thumbs up city fathers!

  • Mwalimu

    We have a bigger portrait going under the name Robert Gabriel Mugabe Way all over the towns and cities of Zimbabwe. Leave the portrait alone! He still has access to a whole plane for crying out aloud!

  • Galveston

    No comment; except to ask whether such triviality is really news-worthy?

  • THE TRUTH

    It should be King Mzilikazi Arts and Craft Centre Home Industries, not just Mzilikazi Arts and Craft Centre Home Industries……. please BCC do the right thing.

    We have had Queen Elizabeth High School, King Gorge Army Barracks, but as long as it has to do with African cultural leadership, you simply reduce the name to Mzilikazi this etc why?

    In Mashonaland they dont just name places or institutions Nehanda; they say Mbuya Nehanda, as a mark of respect. In Mzansi its the same – its not just Albert Luthuli; its Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital.

    FUNDANI UKUHLONIPHANA BANTU BAKITHI. ISIZWE ESINGANANHLONIPHO SIYASHABALALA. YIKHO SEKA SHABALELE UMTHWAKAZI!!

    • zibulo

      Bravo . thanks for that . Time to give honor where its due

  • Ton van Der Parker

    These are the same people who did not think of anything wrong with RGM’s administration? The tone of that Minister is very bad and he should not take his resentment of RGM all over the country