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The Malindi talking baobab will be not cut down

Mbuyu Wa Kusema stays on the new tarmac road to Tsavo

21-06-2017 by redazione

A sigh of relief for the many Malindians who still believe in legends and who do not want baobabs, representing the souls of dear dead, to be cut off.
Malindi's "talking" baobab, Mbuyu Wa Kusema, will not be cut to make way for the new road that Malindi takes to Tsavo National Park.
A couple of years ago, in the County Council, there were also those who suggested that "Mbuyu wa kusema" could become a national asset, as well as one of Malindi's tourist attractions.
The village at the gateway to the town, which is named after its historic tree, has become popular among local people and pilgrims.
The legend tells of an old baobab that in the area just outside Malindi, along the road to Tsavo National Park, due to its construction, saw many "secular brothers" falling under the shots of the dark. Thus, according to local elders, he began whispering in dialect revolutions, with the intention of fearing any malicious person. And it seems he has done so, so much so that statuary stands still today, at the edge of the street, alongside new shops and cabins. It looks like a fairy tale, but the old people in the village do not like to joke on it.
"We were afraid of the guys," said Bandika Kaka, who is now 93 years old - then we understand that respecting him would not frighten us anymore.
When she went, she gave the right indication to some woman who had lost in the evening, or we felt weeping and complaining. Mbuyu Wa Kusema is really a talking baobab, "says Margaret Mole Wachanzera (87)." We all remember when the baobab killed a man who was about to cut it.
She yelled and shook so much to tear it down and make it creep up in fear. But it has happened a long time ago. "Today, Mbuyu seems to have sat down, almost resigned to progress.
But watchdog, nobody dreams of eliminating it. And now it could become a national monument and be visited, with so much affectionate legend under its huge stem.

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