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Tyen Olum was listed alongside Barlonyo Memorial Site, where more 300 innocent people were reportedly killed by LRA, Kangai village-the place where colonialists captured Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda, and Goot Ojwang in Otuke district- where first group of Lango from Ethiopia first settled, as potential tourism destinations earmarked for development.
2nd (L) Associate Professor Dr.Opio Okaka Dokotum visited the site in October 2018
The site of Tyen Olum, known for the famous human footprint on Ibuje hills near Lake Kwania in Apac District has been left to waste. The site was gazetted as a heritage site during the first Lango Conference held in 2012 by the Lango Cultural Foundation. 

Tyen Olum was listed alongside Barlonyo Memorial Site, where more 300 innocent people were reportedly killed by LRA, Kangai village-the place where colonialists captured Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda, and Goot Ojwang in Otuke district- where the first group of Lango from Ethiopia first settled, as potential tourism destinations earmarked for development.  

It was resolved that the Foundation headed by the Paramount Chief Yosam Odur, with support from the government, would immediately develop the site. But to date, the site which is just about 100 meters from the home of the leader of Tekwaro Lango, Engineer Dr Michael Odongo Okune has been left to waste.  

In the early 1990s, area residents used to gather and perform cultural rituals at this site and present their offertories to God whenever they would experience inconsistent rainfall and disease outbreak. But the practices were abandoned in the early 2,000 following the rapid spread of Christianity in the area. 

James Adoko, the immediate neighbour to the site says that despite its rich history and significance to the people of Lango, the site is currently bushy with small roads often used by visitors. He says efforts should be made to promote the area as one of the heritage sites in the country. 

Betty Apio, another resident is unhappy that the site is often visited by many people at no cost yet it could be turned into a source of revenue for the local government. Apio argues that turning Tyen Olum into tourism site would create many employment opportunities.

Lango Prime Minister Dr Richard Nam says they are still in talks with the government for funds to develop the historical sites.  Nam says whereas they have gazetted the sites, the government is yet to support their proposal to develop it. 

Apac District Speaker Peter Obong Acuda says that they are considering erecting a small structure at Tyen-Olum site to be used as a temporary administrative unit and fence the place. 

Tourism Minster Prof Ephraim Kamuntu says the government is committed to developing various heritage sites in the country but called for private-public partnerships.

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