|Don’t let Hwange’s Bambusi Ruins die|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00|
Rutendo Mapfumo Features Writer
trickling in, the baNambya people remain glued to their traditional prayers, through an ancestral lineage at a sacred shrine called Bumbusi Ruins.
The Bumbusi Ruins are a sacred place for the Nambya people under chief Nekatambe in Hwange, close to the wildlife enclave of Hwange National Park.
One would think the Gods were cruel to let geography and history condemn them to this place.
In the vast wrap of arid land Hwange lies a sacred place where the baNambya people communicate with their Mande (the spirit mediums) some 70km away from the small mining town of Hwange.
Here is where there is the rock engravings, the stone engravings depict the spoor of lions, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, roan antelope, sable, impala and many others. It is believed to be the area where the baNambya meet and communicate with their ancestors.
"This is the area where us as the baNambya meet and communicate with our ancestors,’’ says Gabriel Shokodema one of the elderly in the Nambya society who is also a member of the Nambya Cultural Association.
Annually rainmaking ceremonies (miliya) are done at these ruins to appease the ancestors even though one could not help but wonder about the rainmaking ceremony when measured against the area’s unreliable rainfall.
Historically, the ruins are believed to be ancient home of the Chief Hwange, where natural rocks ascend and overshadow the area.
stood the test and taste of time.
The stone walled enclosure is about 55 metres long and metres high as the royal dwellings were located within this complex. On several rocks in the area tsoro boards are carved which proves that there it was a traditional game, which was indeed loved by most inhabitants. Bumbusi Ruins is a variant of the architecture of Great Zimbabwe and the Nambya maZimbabwe (houses of stone).
To date, Mr Nsimango who is the chairman of Nambya Development Trust said the Bumbusi Ruins are of paramount importance to the Nambya culture. It is heartbreaking to see such monuments being ignored and not secured.
Mr Nsimango said he had requested Government to intervene through the protection of National Museums and Monuments as the situation was getting out of hand.
The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe should help in the reconstruction and it least in the protection of the remaining of the ruins.
This is a case which, in the end, credibility of those claiming to be tourism and National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe experts, should be ashamed for failing to intervene as Bumbusi Ruins may as well be tourist attraction.