Sacred Tree Crash Spooks Zim

A city council truck carrying out repair work accidentally knocked down the sacred tree, a Harare landmark considered by some to have magical powers, newspapers reported.

The tree is believed to be the one from which British settlers hanged Mbuya Nehanda, a Shona spirit medium who was also a hero of the struggle against colonial forces.

Local lore has it that she could bring rain in times of drought and that she said before dying: “My bones will rise again.”

Some Zimbabweans saw the death of “Nehanda’s tree” as a bad omen and others as a harbinger of political change in a country which has been ruled by President Robert Mugabe since its 1980 independence and is holding an election next year. – Sapa-AFP