King Oyo Visits Makerere, Renews Partnership

Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV with the Makerere Vice Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu and other officials

The Kigezi tourism festivities are set to begin this Sunday with an aim of showcasing and developing the abundant, here here diverse culture and natural endowment in Uganda’s southwest region. The official launch at the Uganda museum in Kampala will be graced by the minister of Tourism, approved Wildlife and Antiquities, pilule Hon. Maria Mutagamba. Other activities are to take place in Kisoro district on December 23 and 24.

Allan Nsengiyunva, one of the organizers and co-founder of this inaugural festival told Chimpreports that the events will also highlight the role of tourism in transforming the socio economic livelihoods of the people within the districts of Rukungiri, Kabale, Kisoro and Kanungu.

This annual and rotational event will actively engage the local communities in preserving the cultural heritage as well as conserving the natural resources for the development of tourism potential in region and in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s deepest lake situated in Kabale district

In a bid to showcase the cultural diversity in Uganda, the opening event will feature multicultural performances from top cultural groups among them; Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Bafumbira, Bahororo, Batwa, Baganda, Banyankole, Basoga, Acholi and Karimojong.

Participants will also enjoy a taste of Kigezi’s different traditional foods and drinks like ibihaza, isogo, bushera and enturire. The festival will exhibit cultural fashion, art, crafts, tourism, other products and services.

Tourists participate in a biking challenge in Kisoro

“The activities in Kisoro district in December will include mountain hiking (Mt. Sabyinyo), biking challenge for conservation and safety. Participants will also engage in a nature walk and birding experience as well as community tree planting in Mgahinga Gorilla national park,” said Nsengiyunva.

Bwindi is famous for the mountain gorillas

Kigezi is home to a significant number of tourist attractions among them Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi Impenetrable national park which harbors mountain gorillas. These and more other attractions will be exposed at the festival.

Candidates in the Rwampara Constituency NRM primaries have unanimously decided to seek intervention of the party secretariat after they disputed the repeated election citing that it was also marred by massive irregularities.

The vote was cast on Thursday afternoon after a heavy downpour in the area especially in Bugamba, for sale Ndeija, Mwizi, and Rugando Sub Counties. Therefore, the partial results only started coming out at Midday on Friday.

The delay was also attributed to massive irregularities especially accruing from ballot stuffing and inadequate materials.

Irene Achan speaking to police officers

Irene Achan speaking to police officers

According to Charles Ngabirano who was leading in the race, “The repeated election only turned from bad to worse.”

For instance, results from Mwizi Sub County indicated that Ngabirano had 17,000 votes out of the 9,000 official voters (188.8 %) while the incumbent, Hon. Vincent Kyamadidi and other candidates earned no vote on any polling station in the sub county.

Security personnel deployed to oversee the election

Security personnel deployed to oversee the election

In some areas, the ballot papers ran out and the election officials resorted to using exercise book pages as substitute.

“I really want to win but I want to win in the right way. This is just wastage of party resources,” Ngabirano said.

The elections were being overseen by NRM Electoral Commission Chairman, Tanga Odoi’s Secretary, Irene Achan, who was being helped by police and military officers.

After the candidates disputed the election, RPC Jaffar Magyezi advised Achan and her people to take the results to the NRM electoral commission headquarters in Kampala for further analysis, which they did.
The Omukama of Tooro, viagra buy Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has encouraged university students to be self confident and refrain from wasting their youthful lives. The very youthful King was on Friday visiting Makerere University in Kampala in an attempt to strengthen relations between the institution and Tooro kingdom.

He was received by the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, doctor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu and the student’s leader Bala David Bwiruka and other of his subjects.

The Omukama was accompanied by the Prime Minister of Tooro, Benard Tugwako Ateenyi and Princess Elizabeth Bagaya.

In his remarks, the Omukama applauded the Makerere University Tooro Students Association for upholding their cultural values and giving Tooro kingdom good representation.

“Believe in yourself in whatever you do, and you can achieve anything you desire in life. Even if you don’t, fake it. Some time you will do,” said Oyo.

He stressed the need to uphold cultural values which he referred to as being essential in personal identity. The royal leader assured students that discipline coupled with sticking to their aspirations will bring forth success.

The official visit saw the two institutions sign a memorandum of understanding to symbolize partnership. King Oyo later toured the School of Food Science and Technology where he planted a tree.


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