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Published on 3 July 2011
THE Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi II, has urged the Government to promote culture to bring unity among Ugandans.
Speaking at the closure of the 3rd annual Buganda Tourism Expo at the palace in Mengo, the Kabaka said understanding cultural diversity is the only key to unity since it is the basis for development.
“We have so many resources in Buganda and other institutions in the country that can be used to bring our people together. We can share, protect and develop these resources to boost economic development in the country,” the Kabaka said.
Mutebi said Buganda being a central point and receiving area for many visitors to the country, it has high chances of promoting its culture and tourism potentials.
He said the kingdom has many popular cultural and historical sites, which can attract visitors in the country.
Mutebi urged people in the kingdom and other areas to identify cultural sites and recommend them to Buganda and national tourism ministry, so that they are rehabilitated to promote economic development.
“Those sites might be contributing to the country’s revenue, but I know residents in the areas benefit from them through employment. We need to use culture as means of promoting development in our societies,” Kabaka said.
He thanked the Central Government, exhibitors and private partners, including Centenary Bank and Uganda Breweries, for ensuring that the exhibition became successful.
The event was disrupted by heavy rains which forced the Kabaka to cut short his speech.
“I have so many things to talk about, but because of this rain I cannot continue,” he said.
The function was attended by Buganda caucus MPs, former Kindgom premiers, Dan Muliika and Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, kingdom chiefs and other dignitaries.
Other guests who attended the one week exhibition included Maria Kiwanuka (finance minister) and Ephraim Kamuntu (tourism and wildlife minister).
The exhibition featured animals like a lioness, python and monkeys from the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.
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