In a bid to diversify revenue generation in the district, Kalangala local government authorities have embraced a move to set up cultural museum which will double as an information centre for residents and tourists visiting the island-district. This was announced by Willy Lugoloobi the district chairperson, as one avenue for supplementing on revenue collection in the district. According to Lugoloobi, the district in partnership with Buganda kingdom and John Sempebwa the former deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Uganda Tourism Board (UTB), has already gazetted land and buildings that shall be renovated to set up a state-of art museum.
Gladys Nabukenya the district tourism officer said, as local government, they have set up an enabling environment for all tourism stakeholders and private entities for tourism promotion. “Our district engineering department is reviewing the artistic impression for the museum, after which, the construction shall begin,” noted Nabukenya.
John Sempebwa contends that through his partnership with Buganda kingdom, a building has been allocated at the district headquarters, which will house artifacts, monuments among other tourism information mainly related to the history plus culture of Buganda and Uganda at large. “It’ll be an exhibition of Ssese’s rich culture right from the times of Bachwezi dynasty to the current times,” noted Sempebwa.
The museum which is expected to cost Sh200m in the first phase, will also be used as an exhibition centre from where local dances, food and culture will be exhibited. “We shall also construct monuments for area heroes like Sserwanga Lwanga, Katumba Wamala, Kawanga Semogerere among others. We shall make sure most of the material and labour is acquired from within Kalangala district,” expounded Sempebwa adding that, the museum is expected to be complete by June this year.
Phase one of the project shall include collection of artifacts, moulding and construction of over 50 sculptures and training guides whereas the second phase shall encompass setting up another state-of-art museum which according to Sempebwa, shall be bigger and better than Rwanda’s genocide museum.
Marion Nakku a Buganda kingdom tourism ambassador who also doubles as a beauty queen observed that Buganda (located in the central part of Uganda) is not diverse with the tourism side of the wildlife, neither any national parks as it is the case with other regions of the country. She hence implored youths and people staying within the region, to preserve and uphold culture as a way of promoting tourism in the region.
Lugoloobi the district chairperson noted however, that tourism is a private-led sector. “For example, most of the cultural and tourism sites are situated on private land, hence the local government will mainly be mandated to setting up infrastructure like roads, healthcare and sensitisation in regard to tourism attractions,” stated Lugoloobi. Among other tourism attractions in Kalangala include, Mapeera site, Nanziri falls, Nature walk, birding among others.