Works to erect Mbuya Nehanda statue commence in Harare

By ZBC Reporter

PLANS to honour First Chimurenga war heroine, Mbuya Nehanda have been set in motion with construction work at the site where her memorial statue will be erected now underway.

Popularly remembered for her last words of sacrifice: ‘Mapfupa Angu Achamuka’ translated to English – ‘My bones shall rise again,’ Mbuya Nehanda wrote her own piece of history by standing up against the white colonial regime.

The late First Chimurenga war heroine paid the supreme sacrifice when she was hanged by the colonial regime.

It is against this background that the government will erect a three-metre statue of Mbuya Nehanda, whose spirit medium triggered the Second Chimurenga and finally brought independence to Zimbabwe.

The corner of Samora Machel and Julius Nyerere where the statue will be erected is already a hive of activity with construction work underway.

The Minister of State for Harare Provincial Affairs, Engineer Oliver Chidhawu applauded the decision by the government to honour Mbuya Nehanda, saying it is a way of ensuring that the country’s history is not forgotten.

“This is a project being done by the Ministry of Home Affairs in conjunction with national museums and monuments. They are constructing a site where the statue of Mbuya Nehanda will be erected. We as a province welcome the move and we believe it was long overdue. This is very significant, there is a lot of historical lessons on how our country was liberated and this cannot be told without mentioning the iconic figures like Mbuya Nehanda,” he said.

The Mbuya Nehanda memorial statue is reportedly being designed by a renowned local artist and the project is expected to be complete by end of August.