Harare – Zimbabwe has extended an invitation to countries from across the continent and beyond to contribute towards making the Museum of African Liberation (MAL) a truly unifying institution.
The invitation was extended recently by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to countries that fought liberation struggles to help build MAL by submitting artefacts and mobilising resources.
MAL, which is being built in Harare, was officially launched last year and is a continental project designed to protect, preserve and promote the history of Africa’s liberation. The project is spearheaded by the Institute of African Knowledge (Instak).
Instak CEO Ambassador Kwame Muzawazi last week said President Mnangagwa had written to 16 Heads of State and Government, categorised in three groups, to invite them to participate in the visionary project.
“The first group are African countries that have fought armed struggles for independence, including Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Guinea-Bissau. The second group are African countries that did not necessarily fight an armed struggle, but were politically and diplomatically critical, such as Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana.
“The third group are non-African countries that supported the liberation struggle, and we have three countries: China, Russia and Cuba,” he said.
Muzawazi said there was need for African countries to unite like they did during the struggle for the preservation and documentation of the continent’s history.
The idea of a Museum of African Liberation was endorsed by African ambassadors and Unesco in 2019.
The museum has already received some artefacts from the families of Zimbabwe’s liberation war icons like Josiah Tongogara, Leopold Takawira and Simon Muzenda. More are expected from across Africa, with some due to be repatriated from European museums.Besides the museum, the site will also host an African Liberation Monument, conference facilities and an amusement park.