National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe executive director Godfrey Mahachi says work to rehabilitate Old Bulawayo is now about 80% complete.
“It’s the beginning of the year, hence things are a bit slow. We have finished building the king’s palace and other things. We are just left with a few things to finish up construction, hence we have managed to do above 80% of the work,” Mahachi said.
“We are still waiting for grass to thatch beehive structures, which is stalling us. That’s the only challenge that we are facing because we have to wait for the grass season to end so that we start thatching. We also have to rehabilitate the Exhibition Interpretive Centre, then we will be all set and done.”
Old Bulawayo, which was established by King Lobengula as his capital in 1870 after the death of his father King Mzilikazi in 1868, was razed by fire in 2010.
The historical site, 20km south of Bulawayo is now being re-built, its layout reflecting the complex heritage of the Ndebele people.
Mahachi said they hoped to complete reconstruction in the second quarter of the year.
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