Harare (New- Ziana) –The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is going to set up a cultural centre in Dar es Salam, Tanzania to honor the role of the late heroes of the country’s liberation struggle, a Cabinet Minister said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the inauguration of a new board of trustees for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe said establishment of monuments in countries where the country’s Liberation war heroes were hosted was a component of national heritage.
“Government has directed that National Museums and Monuments Zimbabwe establishes a Cultural Centre in Dar es Salam at the former Herbert Chitepo house to showcase the role of the late Cde Herbert Chitepo in the liberation struggle as well as Tanzania’s unwavering support to Zimbabwe’s liberation cause.
“These works outside our borders are a component of the country’s liberation heritage protection and development programme which encompasses elements that include the development and management of the National and Provincial Heroes Acres,” he said.
He commended ongoing work in Zambia and Mozambique.
“The work that National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is carrying out in Mozambique and Zambia on our Liberation Heritage is an important Government exercise.
“Whilst a lot of work has been carried out in Mozambique and Zambia, a lot is still outstanding in these and other countries of the region where Zimbabweans were hosted during the liberation struggle,” he said.
Turning to the new board, Kazembe said the new team were expected to bring impetus for the implementation of the Liberation War Museum project.
“Further, the establishment of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Museum is a flagship project for both the Ministry and the Board.
“The coming in of this Board is expected to add impetus to the implementation of this Project which received some funding in this financial year,” he said.
The new board for the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe is chaired byBrig Gen Walter Kanhanga as chairman. Other members include Prof Sara Baisai Feresu, Dr Munyaradzi Manyanga, Virginia Madiro and Dictor Khumalo.