Ambitious Museum of African Liberation to feature Presidential villas

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By Darlington Gatsi

GOVERNMENT and the Institute of African Knowledge (Instak) are reportedly mulling conversion of Warren Hills Golf Course into Presidential villas, a move that threatens to spark an explosive land wrangle pitting Harare City Council (HCC).

Government is looking to incorporate the golf course into an ambitious Museum of African Liberation City, a project in which Instak is a dominant partner.

The move, if it materialises, would put the golf course under the spotlight.

During a tour of the site by Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Tuesday, Instak head of secretariat, Ambassador Kwame Muzawazi hinted on the move, saying construction at the site would include a Presidential VVIP villa.

“When there is the official opening of the museum, many Heads of State from Africa will converge here,” Muzawazi said.

“We would not want a situation where there are no places to sleep. Also, remember when Parliament is in session, the whole of Harare, in terms of hotels, will be already fully booked. We need to create new VVIP accommodation for our Heads of State level, business will also have access to them.”

Harare Mayor, Jacob Mafume moved in to quash the proposed conversion of the golf club that is adjacent to the Museum of African Liberation.

The land that the Museum is being built upon was also at the centre of controversy with Zanu PF Member of Parliament (MP) for Zvimba South, Philip Chiyangwa claiming ownership.

The museum is a dedicated to all fallen veterans of the continent’s wars and is designed to document wars fought in its quest for self governance.

Funded to the tune of over US$20 million and is bankrolled by different African countries, the project was the subject of debate early this year with some Harare councillors attempting to pass a resolution to convert it into residential stands.

The monument will house a hotel and shopping mall as part of other amenities.

Meanwhile, Epworth MP Zalera Makhari lamented the absence of female documentation and their role in the liberation struggle.

“I am hoping to see artefacts of female freedom fighters that took part in the liberation in Africa and its totality. We saw Tongogara and Nkomo’s artefacts, now we want to see more that speak to women.”