Calls for the restoration of Bumbusi heritage site

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT has expressed commitment to ensure the restoration of the Bumbusi Heritage Site in Hwange as part of efforts to promote cultural tourism.

Located deep in the Hwange National Park, the Bumbusi site which is one of the major shrines with historical significance to the Nambya community continues to face serious threat in the form of destruction by wild animals.

The National Monument, which consists of a dry-stone fortress built in the same fashion as the Great Zimbabwe and a series of rock paintings, has the potential to be a tourism drawcard.

Zimparks Ranger Simon Kumwenda revealed to ZBC News that there is information indicating the ruins were built by Chief Shana, a descendant of Sawanga.

“Bumbusi is also part of the Great Zimbabwe tradition of meticulously planned and built monumental stone walls. As the Nambya people migrated from Great Zimbabwe they built similar ruins at Mtoa and Shangano,” he said.

The banning of coal mining exploration activities in Hwange National Park has also been viewed as a positive development in preserving not only the game reserve but the Bumbusi Heritage Site.

“We are grateful there are efforts made towards preserving this heritage site which is of great importance to us as the Nambya people. We are pleased that proposals to carry our coal mining were banned,” said Chief Shana.

Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu said as part of promoting cultural tourism, government is committed towards restoration of the ruins.

“We will take necessary steps working other with the Ministry of Home Affairs to make sure that our rich culture forms part of what international tourist come to learn and experience,” he said.

For the Nambya people, Bumbusi is a sacred site that remains an important spiritual centre for the living descendants of Sawanga.