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Tourism Minister Inaugurates 8 Museum Board Members

Tourism Minister Inaugurates 8 Museum Board Members

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tourism and Arts Minister Hon. Charles Banda has inaugurated and implored new board members of National Museums Board to interrogate different ways of generating revenue to the Board.

Speaking this morning when he inaugurated eight board members, who include Professor Francis Musonda, Professor Bizeck Phiri, Dr. Liya Mutale, Mrs Fearless Hatontola, Ms Gertrude Ngenda, Mrs Yihemba Chirwa, Mr Nedson Nzowa and Mr Flexon Mizingathe Minister said the board need to to settle down to work as quickly as possible.

He said there is need to catch up on what has happened in the last five years when there was no board.

Hon. Banda urged the members to accelerate the existing programmes and projects.

He urged members to work closely with management to address the challenge of funding to the Board by engaging Government and other cooperating partners. The issue of funding to the museum has been on our agenda for years now.
The Minister said President Edgar Chagwa Lungu had Initiated The Cooperation Between The National Museums and the National Museum of Natural history [Museum National D’histoire Daturelle in France].

He said the engagement of the Government of French Republic culminated into the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the national museums board and the national museum of natural history ON 8TH FEBRUARY 2016, which occasion he witnessed in Paris.

The Minister emphasised the urgent need to preserve Zambia’s biodiversity for the benefit of its present and future generations through the establishment of a museum of natural history in Lusaka.

Hon Banda said he hoped that the Board will make progress in the establishment of the Natural History Museum.

He added that there is the proposed Museum of Science and Technology in Ndola, which has been on the museum programme for many years. We should make progress on this project.