By Dadcorf Junior.
There are some concerns that the country risks losing part of its cultural heritage and identity over government’s closure of Mzuzu Museum last year.
The Museum was closed in 2017 due to government’s failure to settle rental bills of the building owned by Malawi Property Investment Company (Mpico).
In an interview with EM, Head of History department at Mzuzu University, Chrispine Mphande said failure to have the museum in operational is an indication that the country is losing its identity.
It’s very unfortunate that the museum is closed and this comes at a time the country is struggling to reconstruct our history. The museum is the place where the future generation and the current can learn about the country’s history. We’re losing our identity as a nation,” said Mphande.
Mphande observes that the closure reveals government’s poor priotization of issues, which according to him, would negatively impact the country’s preservation of culture.
“This is poor priority misplacement. Claiming that this is due to financial hiccup is laughable! Any country is known by its philosophical foundation and the closure of the museum means we do not have that foundation,” observes he.
Meanwhile, the government is yet to commit itself on the reopening of Mzuzu museum.
Museums of Malawi (Instituted as a statutory organization in 1957 and as a government department in 1981) was established to perform a role of Interpreting the collections by an exhibition, gallery displays, and public programmes, collection, preservation, and conservation of
historical objects, contemporary arts and crafts and natural history specimens among others.