Monday June 30 2014

Works on Kagulu Hill progressing - official

Some of the construction works around Kagulu Hill that will house

Some of the construction works around Kagulu Hill that will house restaurants and relaxation lounges. Construction is at the roofing level. Courtesy photo  

By Isaac Imaka

KAMPALA- About a month after the second annual Kagulu Hill Challenge, Busoga Tourism Initiative has started construction works around the hill in a bid to make it more attractive to tourists throughout the year.

In a statement, the Busoga Tourism Initiative chairman, Mr Edward Balliddawa, said they are using the Shs30m that President Museveni gave the initiative to develop Kagulu site.

“We started construction works at Kagulu immediately after the challenge and today the building is at roofing stage,” Mr Balliddawa.

Landmark achievement
“To us in the Busoga Tourism Initiative is a landmark achievement. We also hope that this will serve to reassure everyone about our commitment to transparency and accountability in all that we do,” he added.

The buildings under construction will have restaurants, and relaxation lounges.

On May 10, the Busoga Tourism Initiative held the second climbing challenge in Kigulu, Buyende District.

The event was presided over by the President and was graced by performances from Mr Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon, the goodwill ambassador for Busoga Tourism for this year.

According to Mr Ballidawa, the President gave the initiative Shs30m after realising that the Ministry of Tourism had failed to develop the site since his last visit in May 2013 when he was unveiling the Kagulu Rock.

The Kagulu Challenge is one of the initiatives by Busoga to attract tourists to the region and also improve domestic tourism.
Busoga has more than 10 tourism features including the source of river Nile.

Transformed sites
Some of the site that have been transformed to attract tourists include Kyando in Mayuge District
Kyando is the site where Bishop James Hannington, the first Uganda Christian Martyr was murdered in 1885.
According to Mr Balliddawa, the place had been left to waste and was unattended for many years.

“But when the President offered money to BTI in support for the commemoration of the Bishop Hannington Day on October 29, 2013, we devoted our energy to revamping that place,” he said. “Now it is a different and pleasant place that is attracting visitors from inside and outside Uganda.”