7 December 2012

Angola: Culture Minister Agrees With Change of M'banza Kongo Airport Location

M'banza Kongo — Culture minister Rosa Cruz e Silva last Thursday in M'banza Kongo, northern Zaire Province, said that the concerted action with the local government, which has been projecting the construction of a new airport in the outskirts of the city, will facilitate the work of valuing the historical zone.

Rosa Cruz e Silva, who spoke to the press after visiting the site where the new airport will be built, in the N'kiende II locality, reminded that in the ground of the current airport are buried figures like Nzinga-a-Nvemba (king's mother) and the Kongo king, stressing that this is a historical zone that has to be preserved.

She revealed that the Culture Ministry has been working with the local government towards fulfilling the tasks and goals which aim at transforming M'banza Kongo into a space for potential cultural tourism.

The minister informed that during her 24-hour stay in the locality, her technical team worked with the local government on the definition of the tasks to be carried out in the framework of registering the M'banza Kongo as a world heritage city.

"We've signed a new protocol and each party must do whatever it has received as assignment, in the interest of the elevation of this city to the category of world heritage (...)", she emphasized.

The minister seized the occasion to announce that soon the authorities will start the construction of the monument to the Kongo King, António I.

The Culture minister is already back in Luanda.

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