Lira Seeks Tourism Board Support On Historical Sites


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Lira District Local Government wants to develop some of its historical sites in for tourism attraction and revenue generation.

Lira district local government wants to partner with Uganda Tourism Board to develop  historical sites.

The proposal that was presented by the Lira district council speaker,  Martin Ocen Odyek during the celebration of World Tourism Day held on Sunday in Lira district.
Among major cultural and historical heritage to be turned into a tourism sites includes Ngetta Hill where the Lango tribal group first settled following the migration from North East and Barlonyo memorial site in Agweng Sub County where over 300 civilians were massacred by the LRA rebels on February 21st, 2004.
Ocen says the district lacks money to develop the two sites yet if developed they could attract tourists as well as  generate revenues for the district.
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Yosam Odur, the Lango paramount chief has previously failed to take over the management of the sites.Odur had wanted to turn Barlonyo and Ngetta Hill into tourist sites but the Lira district local government rejected his proposal.
Joy Atim Ongom, the Lira district woman Member of Parliament urged Uganda Tourism Board to consider the proposal saying it will widen coverage of tourism sites in the country.

Atim further cited other key sites which should be developed into tourism sites like a foot print of a man and his dog on Ibuje hill in Ibuje Sub County Apac district.
Others include Kangai village in Dokolo district where Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda were captured on April 9th 1899 by the British.

David Alele Mugabe the head of the newly formed Lango Tourism Cluster says Lango sub region is unique in its history and geographical setting.
John Ssempebwa, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board said the proposal will be reviewed but maintained their commitment in developing tourism sites.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.