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Zimbabwean city postpones quasquicentennial celebration in honour of national hero


LISA DUDUZILE

BULAWAYO – The Bulawayo City Council has postponed its 125 year celebrations, which were scheduled for Saturday, in a bid to pave way for the burial of Zimbabwean national hero Dumiso Dabengwa at his rural home in Ntabazinduna on the same day.

Speaking at a public lecture held in the city Tuesday, Bulawayo Mayor Solomon Mguni said the council had postponed its celebrations, moving them to the June 4.

“The city of kings was supposed to celebrate its 125 years of industrial growth on Saturday 1 June but due to the burial of our national hero the late Dumiso Dabengwa, the celebration has been postponed to Monday the  4th of June,” said Mguni, who described the late Dr Dabengwa as a legendary figure who represented the people of Bulawayo.

Mguni described the fallen ZAPU President as a man who had the city at heart, hence council saw it fit to honour him as one of the Fathers of the city.

Mguni also said that this was due to a request from Zapu activists, who indicated they would also want to be part of the celebrations.

“We received a request from ZAPU through the spokesperson and we saw the need to move the celebrations from the 1st of June to the 4th so that we allow the city to mourn and also allow the family, Zapu party, Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation to also celebrate together,” Mguni added.

Dr Dumiso Dabengwa, known to many as the Black Russian in reference to his Russia KGB training, was the ZAPU leader, former Zimbabwean Minister of Home Affairs and patron of the Dumiso Dabengwa Foundation.

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