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Uganda: Busoga's Acting Kyabazinga Tours Cultural Sites

As Busoga region prepares for its first ever tourism expo, the acting Kyabazinga of Busoga David Kaunhe Wakholi has called for unity among politicians, cultural leaders and the eleven hereditary chiefs.

This was while he got involved in preparations for the expo targeted at showcasing Busoga's lost tourism and cultural sites.

"We should put our differences aside and support this cause that will develop Busoga as a whole and everyone will benefit from it instead of fighting it," Kaunhe said.

Kaunhe, who is also the Issabalangira (Chief Prince) of Busoga, was touring some of the region's tourism and cultural sites that are yet to be visited by MPs under their Busoga Parliamentary Forum this coming Friday in Mayuge and Bugiri districts.

"The tourism expo will help to market cultural sites and tourism sites in Busoga in order to enhance community tourism," he said.

He further warned saboteurs - like politicians and some civil servants who have aims of sabotaging the project - not to "think about it", and added that if they do so they will cause Busoga to continue lagging behind in terms of tourism development.

Kaunhe was accompanied by Robert Kanusu who is in charge of writing a book on Busoga's cultural and tourism sites which is expected to be launched during the closure of the expo.

The Busoga leader toured St. Matia Mulumba Birth Place at Kyebando village in Mayuge district, Bukowe Hill in Makuutu sub-county in Iganga district where the Baise Menhya clan convenes once in a year to celebrate and perform their cultural norms.

He also visited the site of Wakoli's Imperial British East Africa Company's Fort at Naano Primary School, Big Ancestral drums called Isabirye Kedeeni and Nalongo Mpomukonko nditte Ente at Namakooko village in Bugiri district.

Wakoli Mugoya's shrine, Ibrahim Musitwa's shrine at Bugwangoma, the holy shrine of Kisimbiro, the medium of Baise Wakoli clan and caves found at Bugwangoma hill were all part of the Kyabazinga's tour.

The expo will be under the theme 'My Busoga, My Country, My Heritage' and starts on December 12 until December 15.

It aims at showcasing Busoga's culture, legacy, promoting tourism and regaining Busoga's pride.

With the expo, various chiefdoms in Busoga will have the opportunity to display various handcrafts and cultural dances.

MPs under the Busoga Parliamentary Forum, district chairpersons in Busoga will visit tourism and cultural sites like the Itanda falls, Nenda Hill, Bujagali, Kagulu Hill, Zibondo's coronation site, Kadumbula Palace, Bishop Hannington site, Source of the Nile and Owen Falls Dam among others.

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