Government has appointed a new Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe to oversee the preservation and protection of the country’s heritage, traditional institutions, cultural values and practices.
The new board of trustees is also mandated to administer museums and monuments in Zimbabwe and to provide for the establishment and administration of the museums among other functions.
Speaking on Wednseday at the inauguration of the new board of trustees, Minister of Homes Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe said the new members were appointed after several consultations with President Emerson Mnangagwa.
“As approved by His Excellency the president Cde Mnangagwa, the following are hereby introduced and appointed to constitute the Interim Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Monoments as we continue to search for the remaining Board members from other target institutions.”
“Brig Gen. (Rtd) Epmarcus Walter Kanhanga- Chairman, Prof Sarah Baisai Feresu (Board member), Dr Munyaradzi Manyanga (Board member), Ms. Virginia Madiro and Dictor Khumalo,” said Minister Kazembe.
Minister Kazembe urged the new Interim Board members to promote the implementation of policies and decisions to transform the parastatal.
“It is my fervent hope that during your term of office you will have sufficient time to fully appreciate the purpose of the parastatal, its prospects and challenges and at the same time introduce and implement policy decisions that will further transform the vision and operations of this very important national institution,” he said.
He challenged the Board to not only rely on government for its sustenance but also to be proactive and actively involve itself in financial resources mobilisation.
“As government, we are aware that the recurrent expenditure and development budget we provide this parastatal with may be inadequate. As we speak, some of the projects that the institution is undertaking are being funded by partnership arrangements. It is my great expectation that the organisation remains open minded on matters of revenue generation and other forms of resource mobilisation. This is a challenge I leave with this board,” said Minister Kazembe.
Minister Kazembe further encouraged the new Interim Board to adhere to Performance Management Systems which were introduced by government to promote improved performances by parastatals and public enterprises.
He applauded the outgoing National Museums and Monuments Board for its achievements in the parastatal.
“On the other note, let me highlight that my Ministry is delighted with the record of achievement of the outgoing Board that managed in different ways to raise the profile of the parastatal through the implementation of initiatives that have demonstrated the relevance of museums and heritage places to all sectors of our society,” said Minister Kazembe.