Rugunda commissions National Records and Archives Centre
By Serestino Tusingwire
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Thursday morning launched the National Archives and Records Centre at the Ministry of Public Service located on plot 8-9 Lourdel Rd, Kampala.
The facility that features splendidly mowed lawns, beautiful water fountains and paved walkways cost government 20.3 billion shillings with funding from the World Bank.
During the function, the Prime minister said Archives and records are the heart and heritage of a nation.
“A nation that doesn’t preserve and protect its records and heritage can easily become extinct.” Rugunda said.
“We are glad that we now have a facility where these will be securely stored for reference and posterity” he added.
The facility boasts standard repositories, strong room for storage of classified information, mobile shelving for storage of records, conducive environment to preserve records, search room for researchers, library, an exhibition room and incinerator for destruction of valueless records in an environmentally friendly manner.
Uganda has been the only Country in East Africa and the Common wealth lacking a standard Records and Archives Centre.