Switzerland Reiterates Support Museum Of African Liberation

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By Anna Chibamu

SWITZERLAND has restated its support for the Museum of African Liberation following the handover of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment that will be used for the digitalisation and archiving of documents.

The Museum of African Liberation represents a significant milestone for Africa’s collective memory.

As a result of the establishment of the museum, the African continent will have a rallying point to engage with their own culture, history and heritage on African soil and present it to its diversified people and the world.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Ambassador of Switzerland, Niculin Jäger said: “I am very confident that the museum will become a continental repository and epicentre of African liberation history and a rallying point for a shared history on the continent.”

“The Swiss Embassy welcomes this initiative as it has always been committed to the fair and honest reconstruction of history from an inclusive and diversified perspective,” the ambassador said.

With significant expertise and a respectable legacy on digitalisation and archiving, Switzerland considers the Museum of African Liberation a noteworthy investment that has the capacity of bringing people of various backgrounds and countries together.

Historically, the Swiss Solidarity Movement has worked closely with various liberation movements on the continent, including those in Zimbabwe accordingly playing an important role in supporting Africa’s struggle against colonialism and apartheid. Hence, documents from this period accommodated by the Swiss Solidarity Movement could be make available for researchers and scholars.

INSTAK chief executive officer, Ambassador Kwame Muzawazi said: “The museum project is key in documenting the rich history of Africa which has for long been distorted by the continent’s former colonisers and we are grateful to the friendship and support offered by the Ambassador of Switzerland to achieving this endeavour.”