mbuya nehanda tree.jpgA call has been made for the site of the tree largely believed to be where Mbuya Nehanda’s spirit medium, Charwe was hanged in 1898, to be preserved for posterity, owing to its historical importance.

The call comes after a Harare municipal road maintenance vehicle hit and felled the tree last week.

The National Deputy Secretary General for The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators Association, Cde Charles Gawu said it is important for relevant authorities to ascribe monument status to the site where the tree used to be.

Echoing the same sentiments, Harare Metropolitan Province Arts and Culture Foundation’s Secretary General, Cde Last Mbizvo bemoaned lack of foresight on the part of local authorities whom he accused of failure to give places of national significance the status they deserve.

Cde Mbizvo also called upon the Department of National Museums and Monuments to place the tree in a museum for preserving history for future generations.

Mbuya Nehanda’s spirit medium, Charwe was hanged by colonialists on the 28th of April 1897 after having led people in the First Chimurenga.

It is believed she was hanged on the Musasa tree, which was situated along Josiah Tongogara Avenue near Sam Nujoma Street.