By ZBC Reporter
The laying down of the foundation stone for the Museum of African Liberation has been welcomed by Pan Africanists who are convinced that the African continent’s history is now in safe hands.
Speaking on the side-lines of the laying of the foundation stone at the Museum of African Liberation by The President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa South Africa’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the continental project being spearheaded by the Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK), is meant to document, preserve and promote Africa’s liberation legacy.
“My embassy is ready to render the necessary support. Over the years there has been a tendency to ignore the history of Africa told from an African’s perspective. My president supports this project considering our shared history. This museum will serve to further strengthen our bilateral relations. I can attest that this is exciting for regional and continental integration since we fought our wars together, “said Mabudafhasi.
The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri hailed the project for putting Zimbabwe on the global map.
“You have ensured that the African story is well presented. Thank you for putting Zimbabwe into the African union Agenda 2063,” she said.
For Pan Africanists, the Museum of African Liberation project is a vital tool for research on African liberation history.
“Africa must no longer wait for people from overseas to come and interpret our history for us. This museum will become the venue for the rejuvenation of the African story.Putting the story ourselves will ensure that it is told accurately without any distortions,” said Mr Kwame Muzawazi- Instak CEO.
The 93 hectare site where the museum is situated aptly named Liberation City will also be home to an international conference centre, a five star hotel, the Zimbabwe Defence Forces park, a founding fathers and mothers park, an animal park and a shopping mall.