The Bank of Zambia has reiterated that it opted to use the image of the fig tree that is physically located in central province’s Kabwe district on new 50 kwacha notes because of its commitment to help preserve the Country’s heritage sites.
The Mukuyu tree heritage site featured on the new 50 kwacha notes was used as a trading, meeting and resting place for traders, travellers and the local community as they moved through the then broken hill town, now called Kabwe.
After signing a memorandum of understanding with Kabwe municipal council and the national conservation heritage commission in 2006, the bank of Zambia facilitated the maintenance.
Speaking during a media tour, Bank of Zambia Assistant Communication Director Kanguya Mayondi has urged Kabwe residents to ensure they take care of the site.
Meanwhile some Kabwe residents have shared their views on the heritage site.
The raging debate on Kabwe’s K370, 000 rehabilitation of the Mukuyu Tree Heritage Site has gotten a mayoral response.
Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe has clarified the matter saying the undertaking was done by the Bank of Zambia that adopted the site.
Chileshe said that it was unfortunate that word spread quickly that it was the council that had spent that money in the rehabilitation of the tree.
KABWE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL’S OFFICIAL POSITION ON THE REHABILITATION OF THE AREA AROUND MUKUYU TREE
KABWE, Monday, December 10, 2018… Kabwe Mayor Prince Chileshe says the rehabilitation of the surroundings of the Mukuyu tree depicted on the K50 note was done by the Bank of Zambia and not the local authority as reported in certain media houses.
The Bank of Zambia through its Corporate Social Responsibility a few years ago adopted the Mukuyu Tree Heritage site declared in the 1950s and has periodically rehabilitated it according to their available resources and budget.
“The council did not spend any money or participate in the tendering process of any company to carry out the rehabilitation works at the Mukuyu Tree as that was done under the Bank of Zambia. So it is unfortunate that some media houses can be tools of propaganda at the expense of informing the nation on the process involved, stating clearly the sources of their information for people to make informed decisions based on verified information.”