The statue of Mbuya Nehanda that will soon be mounted at the intersection of Samora Machel Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way will be a monument that reminds us of how our forefathers resisted colonial conquest.
According to National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe executive director Dr Godfrey Mahachi (GM “Mbuya Nehanda personifies this early resistance. Putting up a statue of Mbuya Nehanda is, therefore, a national celebration of her courage and those who worked with her in a bid to defeat colonial occupation”.
“The monument is a tribute to Mbuya Nehanda and the many other leaders of the First Chimurenga such as Chingaira Makoni, Mapondera, Chinengundu Mashayamombe, Chiwashira and others”.
However as of now the Mbuya Nehanda statue has become a huge inconvenience for vehicles in the CBD.
Traffic moving West down Samora Machel has been turned back at either Julius Nyerere or Leopold Takawira streets creating confusion, anarchy and accidents.
Currently traffic has created a non-existent two way down Takawira from Samora Machel and a fake one way down Kwame Nkrumah from Takawira, in an effort to create order.
The confusion and anarchy is most serious during the morning rush hour when traffic is coming in from the high density suburbs, East of the CBD.
To worsen the situation Council has chosen not to provide any control measures besides the workmen waving red flags at intersections whom many drivers disregard and disobey.
It’s unfortunate that by the time it’s finished Mbuya Nehanda’s statue may have claimed lives if stringent measures are not put place to regulate the flow of traffic in the CBD.