Uganda is one of the rich tourist destinations not only in East Africa but also at African level. Its tourist base is embedded in a range of attractions and activities including gorilla trekking, cultural tours, wildlife safaris, chimpanzee trekking safaris and adventure tours. Although the core base has been wildlife, scenery and gorillas, the respective government bodies like the Ministry of Tourism and Uganda Tourism Board are making attempts to diversify the product base to include cultural tourism. It is through this effort that the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has expressed interests in taping the potential of the Banyankole heritage. However, the public institution that was put in place to preserve, promote and educate about the Nkore culture, values and practices, Nkore traditional cultural institutions including the obligation to restore and preserve the Obugabe as a central aspect of the Nkore culture in regard to the norms and traditions of the Banyankole and the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the Nkore Cultural Trust has called for its involvement in the efforts of developing Ankole heritage for tourism.
communication made by the Prime Minister of the Ankole Kingdom Dr. G.
William Katatumba who is the current chairman of the Nkore Cultural
Trust, he expressed dissatisfaction the Trust is having with the UTB in
its efforts to develop the heritage sites of Ankole for tourism without
involving the body that was entrusted to take care of such sites. Citing
the meeting that was held at Igongo Country Hotel on September 1, 2014
under the guidance of UTB, he notes that UTB is interfering with other
tourism developers to explore their own potential so as to increase safaris to Uganda.
Though the heritage sites of Ankole Kingdom like the Mugaba palace were
given out on lease to Uganda Tourism Board for 99 years in 1971 by the
Uganda Land Commission after the abolition of Monarchs by President
Apollo Milton Obote in 1966 as plot 66 Block 3 under LRV807 Folio 17,
the same property was later surrendered to the Uganda Land commission on
January 16, 1991 under the instrument no. 246694 recorded at 2:50pm
which definitely pardons UTB from validly taking up the affairs of the
Ankole cultural heritage.
The Nkore Cultural Trust continue to note
UTB has many other potential Uganda safari sites that it can tap for
tourism including the Minera and Ihimbo hot springs in Rukungiri,
Kanungu massacre site among others apart from rotating around the Ankole
Cultural sites of which Nkore Cultural Trust has already shown the
enthusiasm to take up. Citing the contribution of the senior Nkore
Cultural Trust members in the establishment of Igongo cultural center
and Museum, the NCT Chairman notes that the institution has got the
expertise and enough human resource that will see the heritage sites of
Ankole developed for tourism to benefit the local people and those on safari in Uganda
if availed the chances to do so. It is in this regard that this
cultural Institution is calling upon Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to
partner up with it in the efforts to develop these heritage sites for
However, it should be noted that the Ankole Kingdom was not
restored when other Kingdoms were being restored with the royal drums
and regalia in captivity at the Uganda National Museum which is a way of
humiliation, desecration and injustice to the Banyankole monarchists
since these properties are considered sacred.
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By Siima Simon Peter