Time to bury the past, says Zanu-PF governor: dig up Cecil John Rhodes and take his body away

2010-12-17 00:00

A ZIMBABWEAN politician is insisting that the body of Cecil John Rhodes, the imperialist after whom Rhodesia was named, should be exhumed and removed for the country to reach “true freedom”.

Rhodes was buried on World’s View (Malindidzimu) Hill in the Matopo hills (now a national park) after his death in Cape Town in 1902.

Bulawayo governor and member of the Zanu-PF party, Cain Mathema, told the Daily Mail in London it is offensive that Rhodes is still buried in Zimbabwean soil three decades after the country gained independence from Britain.

He also wants the statue of Scottish explorer David Livingstone at Victoria Falls taken down.

“My call is not directed against Britain or whites,” said Mathema, “but against symbols that persecuted our people and took away our freedom and wealth.

“I believe that physical freedom goes hand in hand with psychological freedom. We need to celebrate our own heroes and heroines.”

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