UGX 28Bn Needed to Complete National Archives Center

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In his speech, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, said the National Records Center and Archives building is very instrumental for fostering national identity and protection of rights.

An additional Shillings 28.6 billion is required to complete the construction of the National Records Center and Archives building, Catherine Bitalakwate Musingwire, the Public Service Ministry, Permanent Secretary has revealed.

According to the artistic impression, the newly built National Records Center and Archives is comprised of seven floors. The first five floors will host the administration and exhibition halls, while the remaining two will host the kitchen and cafeteria.

However, only four floors were done due to financial limitation, according to Musingwire. She explains that the remaining floors will be covered in the second phase of the project. Speaking during the launch of the first phase of the project today, disclosed the project cost them Shillings 20.3 Billion, which was provided by World Bank.
She explained that the facility is expected to decongest registries and improve access to records and archives in a secure place. According to Musingwire there are still huge volumes of archives and documents in the different ministries and districts that need to be retrieved and preserved in the archives center.

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She also disclosed that they need Shillings 5 billion to fully operationalise the facility, procure mobile shelving and archives equipment among others. Musingwire emphasized the need to find ways to sustain the center through establishment of income generating activities such as charging a levy on researchers and other people interested in using the facility. 

She however, said the center will be accessible to students free of charge. In his speech, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, said the National Records Center and Archives building is very instrumental for fostering national identity and protection of rights. He said government will look for the needed funds to complete the building.

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Barbara Magezi Ndamira, the World Bank Representative, said the records center is a key milestone for the transformation of public service. She commended the Public Service Ministry for overseeing the construction, adding that effective records management supports rule of law and private sector development.

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The National Records center and archives building contains historical records  documented in their original forms, before, during and after independence. They include records on land, agreements and former administrative regions among others.


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