Daring thieves reportedly stole the perimeter wire at Matabeleland North Provincial Heroes Acre in Lupane, the Chronicle reports.
The development was confirmed by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) director Dr Godfrey Mahachi who said:
I haven’t gotten a full report but I am disappointed that you get people with no respect like that. How can someone go to a provincial shrine and steal fence? This shouldn’t be happening at all.
We thought we had moved a step in the right direction only to get people who don’t understand the value of such monuments. We will have a team from Bulawayo museums to go and assess the situation
The province’s war veterans leadership Sonny Mguni said they will go to assess the damage at the Matabeleland North Provincial Heroes Acre:
We got a report from our people on the ground and we will be going there on Friday to assess the situation. That fence was donated by a businessman from Umguza to protect the shrine and we were excited by the development not knowing some people will steal it.
No arrest has been made as yet but we suspect people from nearby villages but we will wait for police to do their job hoping that the suspects will be nabbed soon.
We are told they cut the whole side and my fear is we will once again have a situation where cattle and goats damage the graves
The fence that was stolen by the thieves had been sourced from well-wishers in Umguza District who were concerned about the state of the shrine and donated the fencing material to secure the shrine.
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