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Uproar Over Removal Of Nguni Shield Outside Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport

Uproar Over Removal Of Nguni Shield Outside Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport

The late vice president Joshua Nkomo’s son has described a government decision to pull down a Nguni shield outside the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo as “an insult.”

A black and white shield was mounted with the airport signage when the new terminal building was officially opened in 2013.

For the local population, descendants of tribal warriors, the shield or ihawu in isiNdebele is a heritage symbol and ode to their history.

The shield was used in battle, notably in the Second Matabele War in 1893 when Matabele regiments armed with spears battled Leander Starr Jameson’s settler army which fought back with guns.

The shield was taken down on May 5, and in its place, a new design of the airport signage with colours of the Zimbabwe flag and the coat of arms went up.

Nkomo’s only surviving son, Sibangilizwe, visited the airport – 25km east of Bulawayo – on Sunday and told of his disbelief at the change which was apparently made without consulting the family. He tweeted:

I couldn’t believe that this government can disregard a people’s culture and heritage like this. I had to go to the airport to confirm.

This is an insult to Joshua Nkomo, to Zimbabwe, to our history, heritage and culture. This is not what Joshua Nkomo stood for. It’s shameful.

Transport minister Felix Mhona said: “The Airports Company of Zimbabwe will issue a statement addressing the issue.”

Reports say the plan was to change the signage before President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s arrival in the city late last month to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, according to ZimLive.

Unnamed government officials in Harare reportedly demanded the change, claiming the signage was “embarrassing.”

Meanwhile, a source in the transport ministry said: “The new signage that has been put up is temporary. Three weeks ago, we actually advertised for a tender to redesign the signage for the Joshua Mqabuko International Airport. There will be consultations with key stakeholders, including the family, on how this will look.”

More: ZimLive


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35 Comments

POP'S aKa The Lonely Ranger 1 month ago

Guys, whoever removed tt shield knows very well wat he/she was doing...They knew we might argue about this, based on tribal grounds... Let's put aside this tribal beef,this is 21st century....That Shield's presence or its removal won't change anything.... Let's continue United and do what's right...Change is inevitable....CCC is the solution...


Da Truth 1 month ago

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Jeffers 1 month ago

Zvekubviswa kana kuiswa kwesignage imwwe nyaya iyi .Ngafocus nezvelife yake chete.zvinebasa reyi .Zvine Mari mukati here izvi.


Arnold Swaznigger 1 month ago

asi hacho chekare chachakanaka kkkkk


Comrade Masango 1 month ago

The previous signage was right, so as the new one. All of them are right. No need to change them. Thank you


Native 1 month ago

Why was the shield put up in the first place & why remove it now......alihlelekanga


VYBZ KARTEL 1 month ago

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Da Truth 1 month ago

Stop making noise kwanzi it's temporary ,ndezvenguva diki kuchiitwa imwe permanent saka problem ipapo iripapi pliz f uc k this n d e b e l e ,s h o n a war Muhabe was a f o o l he created enemity tikapinda mu new gvt takadaii muchachema worse sei ikozvino pakaitwa Kani kadi potonz8 here isu takamakwa tasarudzwa pane 1 or 2 individuals varikuda kutonga vachishandisa marudzi hamufizve makatonga on those grounds .Taura navanhu ,ndosaka most n d e b e l e s vachivhotera CCC iwe uchingoti boooooo ,boooooo stop this madness urikutizwa hauzvioni u are racially trying to split pple haunii ndokupikira uchawona nextyear 2023🤞🇿🇼 gvt is n d e b e l e ,ini n**** mazita akaita Deana bhobho ane munyama wenzara ngaabva mu history yedu we suffered for 40 yrs ndopachadyirwa Munangagwa ipapa ,ma street names evanhu vaitamburza vanhu tirikuda chinja manje manje so.Zvonodyisa Zanupf zvawandisa kudarika zvinga taurwa pa rally tinoenda ku rally asi pa x Apo ,pakati x Apo hatikupi ikozvino die trying or nevermind at all 😡 ,munotinyangadzavpano pa Platform siyai zvakadero togadzirisa zvose 2023 munonyangadzirei haaaa regaiiii yohweeee,yohweeee,tantimwa ma loan, yowe yakanzi tichabhadharirwa vana chikoro havasi kuti bhadharira wani ,chingwa kwandirillion chadhura kombi Chitungwiza I 3 chete ,rate bond ,yowee gas dhura ,peturo,yoweeee dhiziri kudiiii shut up and register to vote to X must talk it's high time for Zimbos learn to speak the Right way X CCC pa Yello w then all this 🤡 , 🥳 , clowning stopped.HAVE A GOOD MORNING 🌞🌞🌞🌞 MOSE.


Mwana waMambo 1 month ago

Hate speech ngaiite shoma


Gugu 1 month ago

they are trying to silence the Ndebele voices that is why even those gukurahundi signs were destroyed in Mat north, kusanyara


Da Truth 1 month ago

Tine mad h o n a akafa achiurairwa politics kwete kuti vanoda kunyaradza ma n d e b e l e think before you talk don't be recial iwe Gugu be a human being .

VYBZ KARTEL 1 month ago

Gvt property and the Gvt is the people's property what they did is wrong on a cultural level.


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Am shona i say they should put back the Shield if the airport is still called JM Nkomo.
lets deal with inflation kwete kutsvaga zvisina basa...


John 1 month ago

we also need to preserve our culture like any other culture


@mfo'kamabhunu 1 month ago

Gvt property it is, and the people are the gvt, elected and appointed individuals are there to serve the interests and aspirations of the people period. Assinine conclusions by most of the comments here. So the conical tower and Chevron pattern at RGM airport should also be redisigned to something that doesn't signify shona history. Lets bury all the themes of all our diverse backgrounds that compliment this country, and write each other out of history.


👍 1 month ago

𝗣𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻....𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 , 𝗶𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗮 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆.

mtane ndebele 1 month ago

Linga sh..... heeya lali bulala obaba


🚩 1 month ago

Iʏᴏ sʜɪᴇʟᴅ ʏᴀᴄʜᴏ ʏᴀᴍʙᴏʏɪsɪʀᴡᴇɪ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇɴ ᴀʟʟ ᴏғ ᴀ sᴜᴅᴅᴇɴ ʏᴏʙᴠɪsᴀ ᴜɴᴄᴇʀᴇᴍᴏɴɪᴏᴜsʟʏ? Zᴠɪᴍᴇ ᴢᴠɪɴᴜ sᴏ ᴀᴢᴠɪᴛɪ ᴋᴜɪᴛᴀ ᴋᴜɴɢᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀʀᴇ ғɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀᴜᴛʜᴏᴜʀɪᴛɪᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ғʟɪɢʜᴛᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ sʜɪᴇʟᴅ


THE FIEND 1 month ago

Guys ko Fantan asungirwei?


Jerry 1 month ago

Arova mai vake

Toyani 1 month ago

Kuko bulawayo senza kwabulawayo kuhlale kunjalo


NF 1 month ago

LIVERPOOL yadiii guys


Bright 1 month ago

Ine 2 imwe yacho 1

NF 1 month ago

Liverpool wadii guys


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

I do not understand why Sibangilizwe Nkomo is making noise about those changes. The airport belongs to government and government moves with time. The signage which was removed is no longer compatible with the time we are in. That signage should not look regional, but national.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Ndebele 1 month ago

you are making noise too

🥺🥺 1 month ago

vanhu iwawa wachatinetsa munyika muno kana tazogara...vanotoda shamhu ine munyu


Inini 1 month ago

Kutsvaga attention uko. Ngavataure nyaya yavo direct


GVT 1 month ago

There are more than 16 tribes in Zimbabwe. Even at Robert Mugabe Airport there is nothing to signify the Shona tribe history. Airport is state property


anonymous 1 month ago

yh in RG Mugabe it was their chose not to signify the Shona tribe...buh This is BYO a Ndebele State.. the previous signage symbolised tt the Airport it in the Area for ****

Bright 1 month ago

Wataura chokwadi apa

Dlamini Norman 1 month ago

Yaa its gvt property not an individual's.Stay cool.


Anonymous 1 month ago

The airport belongs to the government, it is state's property, its not something private. Therefore the signage, name and appearence in general it is designed by the state... If they want something for mdhala wethu something private they should built their own private airport and not cause noise on state resources, thats wrong in every sense. JM Nkomo's son should understand that the name of the airport is just an honour given in rememberence of his father,


jj 1 month ago

true

resident 1 month ago

Kkkk yaitombova nerimwe zita ikazopiwa ra nkomo after independence vamwe vakutoda kuiita yavo, hayas


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