The Zimbabwean government has launched the family tree booklet as a way to enhance cultural cohesion with the document expected to help on dealing with contentious issues of inheritance and right to property.

The recent approval of the Revised National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy by cabinet, has seen the responsible ministry setting a programme action that seeks to promote and preserve the national customs with the introduction of the family tree booklet seen as the beginning of greater things to come.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International Archives Day, which coincided with the launch of the family tree booklet in Bulawayo, the Principal Director Responsible for Culture and Heritage in the Ministry of Rural Development, Reverend Paul Damasane said the family tree forms the foundation of social cohesion.

An academic, who is Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Information Science at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Mr Samuel Chabikwa said development in communities can only be achieved if there is unity of purpose.

The Zimbabwe National Archives Director, Mr Ivan Murambiwa said they are working flat-out to capture the family tree booklet and other archival material in electronic form to allow access of such records across the globe.

The International Archives Day is celebrated on the 9th of June annually and this year, it was being commemorated under the theme: ‘Archives, Citizenship and Inter-Culturalism.’