Praise Nshabaruhanga, the Rukiga District Tourism Officer, says that locals up today climb Rugongo hill to praise Muhumuza’s visible footmarks as well as fetch water that never dries up with the belief of receiving blessings.
and poor road network in Rukiga district is hampering the growth of the tourism
sector. Rukiga district, which started on July 1st, 2017 after being
curved from Kabale district, has several tourism sites.
the district is home to Muhumuza stone that seats on top of Rugongo hill in
Rugongo village, Rwenyangye parish Kamwezi sub-county, which has footmarks
believed to be of Muhumuza, the head of Bachwei clan in Rwanda. Muhumuza used
to make a stopover on the hill in the 1880s on his way to Mpororo in Ankole region from Rwanda.
The district is also endowed with a three-room Mukombe cave in Murutunga
village, Kitunga parish, Kashambya sub-county. The cave used to offer sanctuary
to homeless people in the 1880s. It also has Kibayu Caves in Kitanga parish,
Rushabeya-Kitanga swamp that hosts a variety of bird species and Sitatunga
(Marshbuck) locally known as Enjobe and river Kanyabaha among others.
most of these tour sites have remained unknown to the world due to lack of
funds to popularize them and lack of roads to attract tourists to access them. Praise
Nshabaruhanga, the Rukiga District Tourism Officer, says that locals day climb
Rugongo hill to praise Muhumuza’s visible footmarks as well as fetch water that
never dries up with the belief of receiving blessings.
says that Mukombe cave in Kashambya sub-county also has traditional teachings
of helping the poor. Nshabaruhanga however, says that his office is struggling
to promote the places due to limited funding. He says that the district tourism
department currently receives between Shillings of 2-2.5 million each financial
year compared to the Shillings 1 billion needed for its activities.
says that his department has even failed to open a website to market the
tourism resources to the public. He reveals that he is at times forced to use
his personal Facebook page to promote tourism activities, which hasn’t been
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Apollo Tusimwomwe, the Rugongo village LC1 Chairman in Rwenyangye parish in
Kamwezi sub-county says that his wish is
to see Muhumuza stones being gazetted by the district so that it is marketed internationally because of its
history. Tukamuhabwa says that accessing the place is a burden due to lack of access
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Silva Kyarikunda, a resident of Murutunga village, says that although the cave
is located on a piece of land he inherited from his late father, Daniel
Kyimbareeba in the 1970s’; he has no problem with the land being gazetted by
the district for tourism. Kyarikunda says that there is no road that connects
to the cave.
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Ruth Katambira, the proprietor of Summit Safari lodge in Muhanga town council
and Edward Bwengye Kahororo, the director of Bwengye Family Initiative Ecotourism
Kibayu, say the poor road network has always discouraged tourists from
visiting the area especially those who can’t walk.
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says that he has already written to the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and
requesting for more funding to help him officially gazette all tourism sites in