It was an unforgettable moment as the City of Bulawayo celebrated 125 years since its declaration as a town this Tuesday (yesterday).

Bulawayo City Council aims at making the City of Kings and Queens a leading smart city by 2024.

As the City of Kings commemorated its status, the celebrations to mark the occasion were attended by former mayors, town clerks, members of the National Assembly and representatives from different government departments.

Bulawayo Mayor Councilor, Solomon Mguni said celebrating 125 years of existence is an important occasion where the people of Bulawayo can anticipate a future they deserve and desire.

“As council we have worked diligently in partnership with residents and stakeholders to make sure that Bulawayo continues on a journey of prosperity and success. Provision of quality municipal services is key in the creation of a conducive environment for business and leisure,” he said.

The Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Honourable Judith Ncube said the people of Bulawayo should take part in the development of their city by uniting under one common goal.

“My message today is of unity without united efforts we will not go anywhere in our quest for prosperity,” said Honourable Ncube.

The sounds of Lovemore Majaivana, Busi Ncube, Nobuntu, Indosakusa and Sunduza ignited the celebrations and reminded the people of Bulawayo who they are and the journey they have travelled to this day.

Bulawayo is built on a legacy of luminaries such as Mzilikazi, Lobengula, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and many others.

It was declared a town by Dr Leander Starr Jameson on 1 June 1894 and subsequently attained city status in 1943.

The city also had its first advisory board in 1894.