German government to renovate Emin Pasha cultural site
Posted Thursday, January 31 2013 at 02:00
Cultural tourism. The German government contributes Shs36 million towards the project, with plans to elevate it to a cultural tourism site.
The German government has pledged support towards renovation of the Emin Pasha historical site in Nebbi District.
The site in Wadelai Sub-county has been abandoned for decades hence denying the district tourism revenue.
Now, the German government has given 10,000 Euros (about Shs36 million) to kick start the renovation.
According to the German Ambassador, Klaus Dieter Duexmann, the site would be developed into a cultural tourism site.
“We are extending this support because Emin was a true citizen of Germany,” Ambassador Duexmann said on Tuesday, while touring the site with other government officials.
He added: “We call upon the government and the community to support the site for both income generating activities and as a study centre for Ugandans and the whole world.”
The commissioner for Museums and Monuments at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Ms Rose Nkaale, appealed to citizens to identify many other cultural sites.
“The communities should identify many cultural sites such that the Ministry of Tourism can turn them into tourism sites to generate income for our people. We have many sites in Uganda which are unknown due to lack of information,” Ms Nkaale said.
State Minister for Finance Fred Omach said the place would have created employment for about 60 per cent of youth in the district had it been developed years back.