VIDEO: Inside Uganda’s Historic Records Center

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has Thursday commissioned the National Records Centre and Archives facility which is aimed at preserving the country’s records and facilitate easy access to information.

Government Ministries and Agencies will now have ample space to store their records and decongest their premises.

The state of the art 4 floored building located at Plot 8 – 10 Lourdel Road in Wandegeya cost Ugsh 20.3 billion with funding from World Bank in its first phase.

The state of the art National Records Center and Archives Building that cost Ugshs 20 billion
The state of the art National Records Center and Archives Building that cost Ugshs 20 billion


It will house administration units, healing cafeteria a library, doctor an account depository, story confidential records and conservation room as well as an exhibition with records dating as back as 1897.

The Prime Minister toured the facility and witnessed some of Uganda’s key historical documents including the 1955 Bunyoro Agreement, the Ankole (1962), Buganda (1900) and Tooro (1951) agreements.

In the News Paper room lies what used to be popular newspapers in Uganda and East Africa including; City News, Uganda Star, Eiraka Ryawe, The Evening Times, Uganda Times, Munno, Mwebembezi, Taifa Empya some of which were published as early as 1979.


Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Rugunda said the facility was a ‘vital tool for fostering national identity and preservation of key historical events’. He noted that information is an essential tool in decision making and that a nation without history can easily suffer extinction.

“Government attaches great importance to information and a legal framework to guide us is in place. It is gratifying that records of as many as 100 years ago are stored safely and can be easily accessed,” Rugunda said.

Rugunda reads a book in the library.
Rugunda reads a book in the library.

Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service said that the structure was designed to be seven floors but construction was halted at the fourth floor due to limited funds.

“Phase two of the facility will require Ugshs 28.6 billion. We lack funds but hope that with the help of government and development partners, it will also be completed,” she said.

An extra Ugshs 5 billion is required to further digitize access to the archives using micro flaming technology as well as improve human resource capacity.

Researchers and students interested in using the archived records will be asked to pay for the resources as a way of sustaining the facility’s operations.

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