Harare – Construction of the Museum of African Liberation in Harare, Zimbabwe started last week, with the custodian of the project saying the facility will open its doors to the public in 18 months.
The Institute of African Knowledge (Instak), which is steering the African Union-endorsed project, said they were grateful for the support they received thus far to make the museum a reality.
Instak CEO Ambassador Kwame Muzavazi told The Southern Times that, “It is our intention to open the museum doors to the public in January of the year 2023. While we acknowledge the mammoth task which we are facing in delivering the museum to the public, we don’t take lightly the valuable and immense support we have received so far from various stakeholders and partners from both within and outside our borders.”
The museum’s home is a 100-hecatre piece of land adjacent to the National Heroes Acre.
A portion of the space has been allocated to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to open a museum of the country`s liberation war.
Ambassador Muzavazi said this smaller facility should be ready by the second week of August when Zimbabwe has its Heroes and Defence Forces holidays.
“We would also like to advise the public that in no time they will be able to interact with various museum amenities which will be rolled out as the museum building construction programme continues. The proposed activation of the recreational and tourism activities will be advised in due course,” added Ambassador Muzavazi.
The AU settled on Zimbabwe to host the Museum of African Liberation and President Emmerson Mnangagwa presided over the ground-breaking ceremony in December 2020.
Envoys from the 55 African countries planted trees at the property.Besides the museum, Instak is behind The Book of African Records and another AU-backed project, The Africa Factbook.