Archive centre lacks funds

Lack of funding has stalled the construction of the National Archives of Zimbabwe provincial records centre in the Midlands.

NAZ was allocated a stand by the council along Tenth Street a decade ago, but no development has taken place due to funding challenges. The failure to develop the stand has resulted in a backlog of archives in sites where records are kept, such as the Old Prison Complex and other rented repositories.

The provincial records centre currently stores 6,000 boxes of records at five different places in Gweru for lack of a bigger facility. Two repositories stock archives at the OPC, while the Agritex complex across the street, the Gweru Rural police headquarters offices and the New Government Complex stock records on behalf of the NAZ.

“Having all records under one roof would help researchers access them more conveniently. We owe it to Gweru City council that the stand was not repossessed,” said provincial archivist, Samson Mutsagondo.

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