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Dismay Over Change Of Joshua Nkomo Airport Signage

Dismay Over Change Of Joshua Nkomo Airport Signage

Activists in Bulawayo are not happy with a recent move by authorities to change signage at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo (JMN) International airport.

The Ndebele cultural shield was removed from the airport and replaced with the governmentโ€™s Coat of Arms emblem.

A shield, a knobkerrie and a spear, which were traditional African weapons used by warriors in battle, were part of the signage at the airport.

Activists claim that the change of the signage could be an attempt to undermine the legacy of the Ndebele kingdom and that of late nationalist, vice president, Joshua Nkomo.

Speaking in an interview with CITE, social analyst, Effie Ncube, said the Government should have consulted people from Matabeleland before changing the signage at the airport. Said Ncube:

They should not have changed the signage without consulting the host people of Matabeleland but ought to have engaged the people to explain why they needed to change it.

People who stay here associate and believe what the shield means but the new emblem or sign that has been put is not recognisable.

There is no question that the airport is located in Bulawayo and the consistent symbols that have been used are either the elephant or the shield, traditionally that is what people know.

By and large, they should consult people first. This shows they are undemocratic and seek to erase the history of Matabeleland.

Ibhetshu LikaZulu Secretary-General, Mbuso Fuzwayo, argued that the move by the Government erodes a peopleโ€™s culture. He said;

The government can go around fooling people that it is promoting culture but it can only promote their interests and their preferred narrative.

They donโ€™t want to recognise that the culture of Zimbabweans is diverse.

However, critical studies scholar, Khanyile Mlotshwa, said there was nothing wrong with replacing the shield, knobkerrie and spear with the Coat of Arms. Said Mlotshwa:

here is no problem because Nkomo is and was a national figure. The shield is an emblem in some other African countries and this could have been a source of confusion when travellers landed in the country.

Worse in a country where Ndebele nationalism competes with Zimbabwean nationalism, in what Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni calls bimodal nationalism. The move clearly fixes Nkomo as a Zimbabwean national figure that he is.

More: CITE


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14 Comments

unknown Ndebele 1ย month ago

yazn lams Shona they take us for granted because tht shield aaaaithat represents us as the ndebele this was an act trying to provk us


Miss A 1ย month ago

Vele thina amaNdebele abasizwa.


Nyongolo 1ย month ago

Sohlangana ebhokisini lokuvotela woza 2023,khona lizabakwazi ukuthi izinto ziyajiha. Kangene Ujaha


๐— ๐˜๐—ต๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ 1ย month ago

๐—œ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ญ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ' ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—บ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—œ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ.


Blabber 1ย month ago

Binary country kupiko! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ndopfungwa dzakaora. Ngatibatirei pamwe tione kuti nyika yedu yobudirira sei! Kwete zvakadhakwa izvo! Provoking who? Asingade court of arms yemuno enda kunyika kune yaunoda iyoyo! That airport was not built eith funds from matebeleland and from ndebeles only, but by taxpayer funds from all zimbabweans, ndebele shona tonga......etc, and the court oa arms is our common emblem as zimbabweans. Anyway, Who says u have a monopoly of culture in matebeleland? Itai zvenyu mega zvisina mataxpayer funds mukati muone pakaita anokubvunzai kuti maisa tsvimbo or mashield! ๐Ÿ˜‚

tha_data_ninja 1ย month ago

aihwazve, shield ngaridzoserwe. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ


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Asalif 1ย month ago

comment reserved I think it's now ZANU pf and PF ZAPU thing now and that Mtwakazi guys but does that bring food on the table on my point of view I think it's high time we leave these issues to were they started so that we build one country which is Zimbabwe I'm Shona I khuluma and **** Anotaura VaVhenda on that side do so in other African countries they are a lot of tribes but they have one thing in common


๐Ÿคฆ 1ย month ago

then they should change also the face on the ZW$50 note with something different.


Blabber 1ย month ago

I am shona but uriright, its time waisawo note rina lobengula

Anonymous 1ย month ago

kkkkk huh some of these things dont deserve our attention


biti 1ย month ago

**** wababa ako

Blabber 1ย month ago

Tsvinbo neshirld zvakosha kupfuura national court of arms manje๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ imwe activism yacho inotosekesa๐Ÿ˜‚uyowo anonzi effie ncube hanzi โ€ the emblem or sign that has been put up is not โ€œrecognisabelโ€โ€ really!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



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