Lobengula’s gold coated spear thief found. Police in Bulawayo have arrested a man who reportedly broke into the Old Bulawayo Museum and stole King Lobengula’s gold coated spear among other artifacts that have since been recovered. Bongani Mahlobo (33) of Hope Fountain on the outskirts of Bulawayo was arrested on Tuesday.
It is said that Bongani told the police officers that he didn’t intend to steal the artifacts but did it on ancestral spirit’s influence. Inspector Precious Simango, Bulawayo police spokesperson said Mahlobo was in police custody assisting with investigations.
”We arrested him and recovered the spear, clay pot and the black fly whisk which had been stolen. The spear was stuffed in a thatched roof at his homestead in Hope Fountain. He is assisting police with investigations and will appear in court soon,” said Insp Precious .
She said Bongani told the officers that he was a descendant of Lobengula and stole the artifacts under ancestral spirits influence also he was a traditional healer and his ancestors guided him to the historic site where he took the artifacts.