The Bamasaba Cultural Institution in conjunction with the Uganda Tourism Board – the main marketing body of Uganda Safari tour products has unleashed the plans to upgrade the Mutoto Cultural Site where the biennial circumcision rituals are conducted into a tourism center.
Cultural Ground is a notable location within the Masaba land where the
initiation of boys to men locally known as Imbalu is noted to have been
first conducted by the Bagishu in the Elgon region which apparently
feature five (5) districts making the place of a historical significance
to the local people and a point of interest among travelers on Safari in Uganda.
in the districts of Manafwa, Mbale, Bududa, Bulambuli and Sironko to
the East of Uganda basically on the foothills of Mount Elgon which they
consider to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba, the
Bamasaba conduct the Imbalu ceremony in every even year where the young
boys are circumcised in a traditional style as a way of initiating them
The Mutoto Cultural Ground was unveiled at the
official launch of the 2016 Imbalu festival by the Inzu Ya Masaba
Cultural Leaders. The ritual which have been at the center of the
Bagishu Culture for over 200 years and not yet ready to compromise by
all means would require a well developed ground where its uniqueness and
strength can be demonstrated to attract the Uganda cultural tour undertakers and the tourism revenues to the region.
this comes at a time when the government has already picked interest in
the Imbalu festival which it has elevated into a carnival and listed
among the tour products that can be explored while on safaris and tours in Uganda. The government reiterated its position on encouraging cultural and heritage conservation in a speech read by the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivenjinja on behalf of the President.