Phelandaba surburb; the cradle of national heroes

By ZBC Reporter

Phelandaba Suburb in the City of Bulawayo is famous for being one of the places that gave National Heroes an opportunity to become home owners soon after independence.

It is one of the suburbs in the City Of Kings and Queens which was established immediately after Independence, and was uniquely named Phelandaba to signal that the struggle was over.

Though old, the suburb remains a prestigious piece of the country’s history which locals pride themselves, having housed a number of nationalists including Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, whose house was turned into a museum.

Besides Phelandaba, Makokoba is another historically important suburb where most of the National Heroes such as Cde Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo, who stayed at Number 141 Corner 10th Avenue were housed and held their caucus meetings before independence.

With all roads leading to Bulawayo on the 18th of April for the 42nd Independence Day celebrations, the move gives the nation an opportunity to explore and appreciate some of the city’s important heritage sites.