11 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Improvements for Ruins

Masvingo Bureau — The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) has expressed concern over the poor state of the Shona cultural village at the Great Zimbabwe monuments, saying there is need for improvements to be effected on the structures.

NMMZ director Dr Godfrey Mahachi said the state of the Shona village was not up to standard and needed to be improved to reflect various cultural aspects of the communities who once inhabited at the Great Zimbabwe centuries ago.

In an interview last week, Dr Mahachi said his organisation was working out plans on how best to improve the state of the village.

"Obviously, we are not very happy with the state of the Shona village at Great Zimbabwe monuments because we feel its state is not up to the desired standard," he said.

"We want to see the village as a true reflection of what life used to be like at Great Zimbabwe in the past.

"The structures that are there right now do not exactly meet our expectations.

We definitely expect to see an improvement and we are already working on that issue because we want to see better structures at the village."

Dr Mahachi said consultations were already under way to craft ways on how best the village should be developed and structured as a representation of the various stages of development of the Great Zimbabwe empire.

The Shona village was recently restored at the Great Zimbabwe monuments after authorities initially removed it a few years ago.

The village was one of the major tourist attraction sites at the historic monuments where visitors got a feel of the simulation of what life used to be like at the Great Zimbabwe empire.

The structures at the Shona village together with the dressing of the occupants was a celebration of the rich cultural diversity of the Shona people, especially during the peak of the Great Zimbabwe empire.

The Great Zimbabwe is renowned as a centuries-old stone structure which used to be the residence of the Mutapa kings and their subjects and is a world acclaimed tourist attraction site that was accorded World Heritage Site status in 1986.

Thousands of international and domestic tourists flock to the monuments to view the structures that a still intact.

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