Dokolo to Develop Tourism Heritage in Memory of Kabaka Mwanga, Kabalega

The historical sites awaiting development include the current Dokolo Town Council mayor's garden, where the Colonial agent Semei Kakungulu settled and planted the nuvule trees in memory of his settlement in Lango in 1917

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Dokolo Town Council leaders in Dokolo district are considering promoting the two prominent historical sites in the area to boost the local government revenue.

The historical sites awaiting development are the current Dokolo Town Council mayor's garden, where the British Colonial agent Semei Kakungulu is believed to have settled and planted the nuvule trees in memory of his settlement in Lango in the early 1917s.

Another important site is at Kangai Sub County in Dokolo district where Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda and Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, were captured in the early 1890s under the command of the British Colonial masters for opposing the British rule.

David Odyambo, the Town Clerk of Dokolo Town Council says plans are underway to table the idea before the main Council in order to allocate funds to develop the two historical sites, in the district adding that the Tourism Ministry and Uganda Tourism Board is already informed on the development.

According to Odyambo, the move is aimed at boosting local revenue from the tourists in order to improve on service delivery.

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Odyambo said that recently, a team of Dokolo district officials visited Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to explore better avenues to develop the historical sites.

Once the site is developed, Odyambo believes it will greatly benefit the local people by improving on the market of the locally produced goods.

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Dokolo district communication officer Musafiri Suwed, says the district is working closely with the line Ministries to have the two historical sites developed. According to Suwed the development of the sites will require renovation work that will require over 800 million shillings.

Peter Otim, a resident of Teduka ward in Aduku Town Council, asked the NGOs to come on board to develop several historical sites in Lango.

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Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has backed the proposal, saying the government is committed to promoting domestic tourism.

Kamuntu says the government is already considering developing the site among other historical sites in the Lango Sub-region to boost revenue to the government.

Several historical sites in Lango have been identified for construction development. The sites include Barlonyo Memorial, Got Ibuje-“Tyen Olum”, known in writings as the father of Labongo and Gipiir and regarded as by the Lango as the first man on earth, Kungu Jubilee site, and Got Otuke among others, which carry years of history for the northern Uganda sub region.

Key sites will also be developed in honor of great personalities from Lango who have shaped the history of Uganda, East Africa and Africa in general.   They include John Akii Bua, the first Ugandan Olympic gold medalist, Field Marshal Okello who is known to have led the Zanzibar revolution ousting the Arabs and former Ugandan president Apollo Milton Obote.