During the commissioning of the National Cultural Fair – the first of its kind in Uganda that was held at the Uganda Museum, Rebecca Kadaga the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament decried to the government against sale of the Uganda Museum noting that it is one of the significant national assets and Uganda safari tour sites that need to be preserved keenly.
Speaker noted that though at the moment many Ugandans including those
in positions of Authority do not value things like cultural sites and
local cultures, there is a strong need to preserve them as they form a
base for cultural tours in Uganda.
government had initiated plans to sell off the Uganda Museum something
that was heavily protested by a range of concerned citizens including
cultural enthusiasts, conservationists and the operators of Uganda safaris and tours.
Speaker called upon the tourism players including the Ministry of
Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities to package and promote community based
tourism where even the fibre built houses can be packaged for the Uganda safari undertakers to experience the authentic touch of African traditional setting.
Museum features impressive ethnographic museum with over 100,000
artifacts depicting the Uganda’s history and heritage. The Music gallery
is another great wonder as it avails a range of Uganda’s traditional
musical instruments. The cultural village in the backyard presents
diverse architectural huts of the Uganda’s tribal groups.
National Cultural Exhibition was a public private partnership run event
which attracted a range of Ugandans and foreigners. The destination
Uganda also intends to host the East African music and Cultural festival
in 2017 pulling a range of participants from the surrounding countries
of Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Kenya showcasing their
respective traditional dances, dress code, food and drinks.