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The Great Zimbabwe Treasure


The spirit medium Sekuru Chinhope also known as Manunure or Nunuratshe who claimed to have lived more than 10 000 years ago, argues that what people see at the Great Zimbabwe is less fascinating than the real monument underground.

Although no one in this country, from archeologists to politicians and spirit mediums have expressed knowledge of the existence of any underground structure at Great Zimbabwe, Sekuru Chinhope says he would open up the underground in front of the chiefs and Government officials.

"There is a head statue of the architecture of Great Zimbabwe. I will prove that there indeed exists a much more fascinating and bigger structure just under the monument you see today," said Sekuru Chinhope.

He added: "People did not live in the structure you see today, they lived in caves underground especially during the rainy season."

Some mining companies and archeologists have however surveyed underneath the monument and concluded that there was nothing underground. Masvingo provincial Press secretary in the Department of Information and Publicity, Mr Samson Muduma said the spirit medium has over the past three years gone to most Government offices and even to Vice President Muzenda trying to get permission to prove his case.

"At first, people did not take him seriously but of late, chiefs and Government officials have decided to let him prove his story.

"If he proves it, that will open another page in history but if he fails to prove it, it will be a sad story given how we moved from one office to another.

"On Saturday (today) at least five chiefs and several Government officials and security agents will go to the monument to see what he has," said Mr Muduma.

The Great Zimbabwe is one of the country’s star tourist attractions.

The ruins of Great Zimbabwe (house of stones) that gave the country its name was shrouded in mystery for generations.

And after it revealed its physical secrets to a questing world in the 19th century, its origins were bitterly fought over by rival antiquarians.

The myths — principally that the ruins were built by the Israelites, Phoenicians or the Arabians, even links with the Queen of Sheba — have been swept away.

The old time archaeologists who for 50 years favoured such theories in a great war over the history of the buildings gave way to a new breed of scientists who, through radio-carbon dating and other evidence, have positively identified the architects as African.

The centre of an empire from the 13th to the 15th centuries, they were, in fact, the work of Shona-Karanga civilisation.

Some historians say the people who developed the medieval site were the guiding spirits behind the war of liberation that brought about Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980


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