President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the government will commit resources to facelift and support the Joshua Nkomo National Museum so that it attains national cultural site status.
He made the remarks while touring the museum together with other cultural sites in Bulawayo today, where he is expected to officially open the Bulawayo Arts Festival.
President @edmnangagwa has committed to give the Joshua Mqabuko Museum a facelift and support it deserves saying it is one of the major national cultural sites@lilynontobeko @EMupoperi @JustinMahlahla @Moha_Zim @albertchekayi pic.twitter.com/e3KEJF4uRY
— ZBC News Online (@ZBCNewsonline) June 3, 2021
The President also toured the St Marys Basilica church, where he said it was an honour to have a Catholic Basilica in Zimbabwe as there are only a few in the world.
St Mary’s Basilica was built in 1903 and declared a Basilica in 2013 by Pope Francis.
The President also toured several other cultural and sentimental sites that include the Hanging Tree, where British settlers hung nine Ndebele soldiers at the height of the Umvukela (Matabeleland uprisings) in 1896-7.
The Hanging Tree is located between Connaught and Masotsha Ndlovu Avenue along Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street.
President Mnangagwa is expected to officially open the Bulawayo Arts Festival during the Urban Heritage Tour and Eco-Tourism Programme and the Creative and Cultural Industries Conference.
The festival was birthed after the launch of the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy in 2019 by President Mnangagwa during the Cultural and Creative Industries Indaba held at the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel under the theme: Leveraging Arts, Culture and Heritage for Enhanced Productivity, Job Creation and Economic Growth.
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