By Solister Mogha – Mana.
Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Dr Michael Usi has commended the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) for setting up a military museum in Zomba.
He said the museum would help in boosting the country’s tourism industry.
Speaking Wednesday when he toured the facility, Dr Usi said Malawi is a country blessed with enormous resources that, if well utilized, could improve the tourism sector but cited lack of strategic thinking amongst different players as what is killing the industry.
He said time has come for people to start thinking and acting strategically and begin to develop plans that would drive and bring about change to the country’s rich tourism.
“Until today, I never knew about a military museum in Zomba. This is a nice place, which people from all corners of the world would love to come and see as well as learn about the history of our military.
“Apart from learning more about the military, this museum could also become a revenue generating source for our country thus contributing to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” Dr Usi said.
The Minister assured of total support to MDF to ensure it completes all maintenance works at the museum and that, the facility, fits the international standards.
“I have already engaged some potential donors who are willing to support our tourism industry grow and this museum is one such area that will need our support.
“I will continue holding discussions with different players on how best we could develop the sector especially by ensuring that we get rid of all the bottlenecks,” he said.
The Museum which was a house of Senior Military officers will among others; have historical moments of the colonial era, democratic era of one party system as well as multiparty, showcase the operation Bwezani moments and all equipment used in the operation.
The facility will display equipment used by Dunduzi Chisiza, history of missions that the Malawi Army has participated as well the world war moments and pictures and all moments of Presidents as Army Commandants and their inaugurations for the title, the kids’ corner as well as a cafeteria.
93 Brigade Commander of the Army, Col. Fostino Gundaphiri said the Army decided to have the museum to offer an opportunity to Malawians to know about their military and its history.
He said the facility shall be open to the public and decorated with all what is required to make it appealing and enjoyable.