Lobengula’s descendants demand State House.
The descendants of Lobengula through the King Lobengula Royal Trust have indicated that they intend to turn the area in Sauerstown into a cultural hub for the preservation of Ndebele culture.
In an unprecedented development, the descendants of the late Ndebele ruler, King Lobengula are demanding the land where the Bulawayo State House was built so that they can restore their cultural heritage. They are arguing that the area where the Bulawayo State House was built used to belong to King Lobengula and is where his palace was located.
Speaking to the weekly publication The Standard, one of the claimants to the Ndebele throne, Prince Zwide Khumalo said
The politics of the right to claim ownership of Bulawayo lies in the bitter history of oppression by white colonialists. Cecil John Rhodes grabbed
the King’s palace, eMahlabathini, and built his house on that land.
In our culture, no one builds his house on another man’s yard (unxiwa) unless with the express permission of the owner of the land.
The identity of one’s homestead is anchored on the rituals of establishing the home (isikhonkwane). Cecil John Rhodes did not know or care to observe the Ndebele culture when he aggressively grabbed and occupied our land.
There is no historical record that indicates that isikhonkwane for our palace was ever removed. The government is yet to speak on the matter.