PHOTOS: Minister Kiwanda, Tourism Board Explore Potential Sites in Lango

R-L: Chairperson Tulambulule Lango Cluster Alele Mugabe, Akena, Kiwanda, MPs Okwir, Amoru and UTB CEO UTB Stephen Assimwe

The State Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities, web Godfrey Kiwanda and Uganda Tourism Board camped in Lango sub-region from Thursday to Saturday to explore the potential sites in the area.

The initiative is running under the slogan “Tulambule”- which means let’s tour or “Olim” as they say among the Langi who live in the Northern part of Uganda.

The major mission for this initiative is to promote domestic tourism and expeditions by Ugandans.

This is the third launch the Ministry in collaboration with its agencies has launched after the recent tours being in Ankole and Busoga regions.

The drive according to Kiwanda seeks to unlock the tourism potential of the region by encouraging citizens to explore, expose and popularize the culture and heritage sites in the Lango sub region.

“We are here to launch the third leg of the domestic tourism campaign to help expose the culture of people who come from northern Uganda and also tell the rest of the world that the North is ready and safe for tourists to visit and explore, ” said Kiwanda.

Minister Kiwanda addressing resident during the tour

Minister Kiwanda addressing resident during the tour

In this engagement, the tourism team visited popular sites like the center of Uganda at Abaho in Amulatar district, Kangai where King Kabalega (Bunyoro) and Kabaka Mwanga (Buganda) were captured before being exiled by the colonial British government.

Later, the team visited the final resting place of former Uganda president Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.

The community of Kangai requested that Government put up a befitting memorial to the two kings who fought colonialism.

They also requested for a museum or documentation centre, documenting the life of Uganda independence leader, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.

“Obote played a key role in Uganda’s history as one of the leaders who were at the forefront of the move for Uganda’s independence. He was the face of Uganda’s liberation. So it is vital that tourists know that we are proud of our history and past.” Mr. Steven Asiimwe CEO of Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) said.

“We have remained with only two rhinos in the hands of government yet the Lango sub region was popular for having numerous numbers of these animals. We have lost many of these animals due to poaching because we have not yet learnt of the value of preserving and protecting this wildlife. These animals are Uganda’s hidden wealth,” he said.

Hon. Kiwanda was excorted by Hon. Jimmy Akena and Lands Minister, Betty Amongin

Hon. Kiwanda was excorted by Hon. Jimmy Akena and Lands Minister, Betty Amongin

On Friday, the area MPs led by Hon. Jimmy Akena and Betty Amongin (Minister of Lands) hosted Kiwanda and his team to a dinner at the Obote family home in Lira.

Other MPs that were part of the domestic tourism drive included Paul Amoru (Dokolo), Joy Ongom (Lira District) and Odur Jonathan of Erute South among others.

After the Lango region, the domestic tourism drive is expected to move to the Acholi sub region.


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