It’s been reported that the last king of Ndebele’s stolen spear has been found.
The stolen spear was found in the thatched roof of a man who claimed to be a descendant of King Lobengula of Ndebele, police in southern Zimbabwe reported on Thursday.
The man Bongani Mahlobo claimed that his ancestral spirits led him to the spear which was being kept at a theme park near the city of Bulawayo.
The police however did not pay heed to his cock and bull story, and had him arrested.
Earlier this month it was reported that King Lobengula’s gold-plated spear as well as some artifacts including a 45CM black fly whisk and a small brown clay pot. These artifacts were being placed under the care of National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ).
The theft raised questions on the assumed security of natural treasures which are stored in museums.
A descendant of King Lobengula, Prince Zwide Khumalo said, “It raises a lot of concerns within the family, the Ndebele speaking people as well as other Nguni ethnic groups whose history was being kept at Old Bulawayo.
“There is something grossly wrong with the security at the national museums. This is not the first time there has been a break in at the museums meaning there is a weakness in their security system.”
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Others pointed a finger at President Mugabe claiming that it was “a simple game of destroying, their history, culture identity and crush their significance by breaking up their unity,” the new Zimbabwe vision reported.
King Lobengula was the second and last king of the northern Ndebele (Matabele) people.