Updated: Dec 19, 2021
12 February 2021 edited 20 December 2021
At the intersection of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia, on the Zimbabwean side, is a small unknown place called Kanyemba.
Kenyemba is rich in Uranium and near by in Muzarabani, are some of the biggest inland oil and natural gas reserves in the world.
In the1860s, Kanyemba was named after a Chikunda (conquerer or mixed race) son of powerful Tande (Malunga) Chief Chowufumbo and a Goan (Indian and Portuguese mixed race) mother named Maria Kanyemba.
Kanyemba’s Portugese name was Jose Rosário de Andrade and he was a notorious slave trader and renowned hunter, which is how this area was established as a slave outpost that also traded gold, ivory, leathers and copper with the Portuguese, Indians and Arabs in his name.
The Chikunda of this region [descendants of Kanyemba] being expert hunters are also renowned for having invented the muzzle loading gun called the gogodela.
During the liberation war, Kanyemba was a hot spot of Zimbabwean liberation fighter infiltration into Rhodesia.
This little unknown spot of great historical significance in Zimbabwe, is the area of contention between the US government and Zimbabwe. The Americans want to develop a vast, new city in this area and they are willing to pay Zimbabwe billions for it, but with that they want a US military base there.
The word is that, the Zimbabwean government is refusing to allow a US base on its soil. As a result, the US government perceives Zimbabwe as threatening to its economic, national security and foreign policy interests, hence they want the current government gone at all cost.
The Chinese and Russians are also very interested in this eldorado of gas and uranium in the same region. #TellingAfricasGoodStory.
Rutendo Bereza Matinyarare brand strategist for Frontline Strat Marketing and founder of ZUAUWS and ZASM anti-sanctions movements.