John Ssempebwa, the proprietor of the Lubaga Division based Ssemagulu Museum said that every region of Uganda has a lot of historical sites and history that Government needs to take invest in to allow for their expansion.
Uganda-based museum operators have appealed to the Government for funding to the sector to facilitate expansion in order to enable them steadily
contribution to the national economy.
They made the call on Wednesday as the country joined the rest of the
world to celebrate the International Museum Day under the theme, ‘The Power of
Museums’ held every 18th May, annually. Uganda has several private
museums across the country, and the Government aided National Museum.
John Ssempebwa, the proprietor of the Lubaga Division based Ssemagulu
Museum said that every region of Uganda has a lot of historical sights and
history that the government needs to invest in to allow for their expansion.
Ssempebwa says that adequate Government’s funding and technical
support to the sector would ensure proper standards and regulatory framework which
apparently is missing to make operations of the museums lucrative to the
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Speaking to URN during an interview from his premises located in
Mutundwe, a suburb in Kampala, Ssempebwa said during Covid-19 lockdown,
Government aided other sectors of the economy but ignored the museum operators
that makes the celebration not worthwhile.
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Ssemagulu Museum has the late Ben Kiwanuka’s car which he used to drive. As Chief Justice, Kiwanuka was abducted from his chambres and murdered on September 22 1972 during Idi Amin’s
regime was Uganda’s first prime minister and led the country in the
transition between colonial British rule and independence.
The Ssemagulu Museum also has historical relics and monuments of the Kings of
Buganda Kingdom and several antiquities like television sets, radios, and shoes
At the National Museum where the main celebrations were, there
were calls for more funding for the museum for its activities to progress.
Samuel Kizaalwa the Assistant Commissioner of the Museums Department
under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities concurred with the
appeal noting that the museums need more funding to expand and collect more artifacts.
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Kizaalwa explained that the National Museum was constructed in 1954 and
is limited by space making many artefacts difficult to keep and display.
observed that the situation calls for more funding to set up more galleries for
The National Museum collects money in form of entry fee which brings in
little revenue as tourists do not come in daily. Students are charged 2,000 Shillings while Ugandan adults pay 5,000 Shillings and foreign tourists Shillings 10,000.
In each quota, Government allocates somce 300 million Shillings for
recurrent activities such as running the day to day activities of the museum
and the regional museums to improve on infrastructure and to maintain the
collections involve objects, specimens, and archival and manuscript collections that are important
museum resources for the information they provide about processes, events, and
interactions among people and the environment.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.