via ZTA’s plans for Nkala’s house | The Zimbabwean by Edgar Gweshe
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority wants to turn the late Enos Nkala’s Highfield home into an historical monument to boost township tourism.
Talks are underway to convince the new owner to sell the property, famous for being the place where the Zanu (PF) party was formed in 1963.
The township tourism concept, introduced last year, aims to attract tourists to historical places in urban areas, especially those associated with Zanu (PF) and the liberation struggle.
Copied from South Africa, the project has yet to take off. The ZTA claims to have made some progress in Bulawayo, although it could not give any visitor figures for the home of the late vice president Joshua Nkomo.
Other targeted properties include Highfield’s Cyril Jennings Hall and former homes of leading nationalists, Leopold Takawira, Herbert Chitepo and President Robert Mugabe.
Karikoga Kaseke, the ZTA chief executive officer, said Nkala’s home could have been turned into a national museum, if he still owned it at the time of his death.
The new owner asked for time to consult his advisers before he could part with the property.
“We are still waiting to hear from the new owner. Once we know the price, then we will approach the Ministry of Finance to get the money to purchase the house,” said Kaseke.