Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom has revived its plans to renovate the Omukamaâ€™s palace in Hoima town. Prime Minister Reverend Jackson Nsamba Kasozi says the kingdom is up to implement the renovation plan after receiving 200 million shillings boost from government. The money was pledged by President Yoweri Museveni in 2010 to support the palace renovation project.
The plan to renovate the Karuziika was unveiled three years ago by then Prime Minister Engineer Yabezi Kiiza, but it remained on paper.
However, current Prime Minister Reverend Jackson Nsamba Kasozi says the kingdom is up to implement the renovation plan.
Kasozi says this is after a 200 million shillings boost by government. The money was pledged by President Yoweri Museveni in 2010 in support of the palace renovation project.
During the 19th Bunyoro Coronation Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced that the president had honored his pledge. He said the money was already on the kingdom’s Bank account.
Nsamba says given this financial boost, the palace renovation work would start soon.
The prime minister, however, remained non-committal on whether the kingdom has already mobilized other funds for the project. The renovation works will cost 700million shillings. They will involve structural repairs, completion of plumbing and electrical works, construction of a perimeter wall and gates, landscaping, furnishing and repair of driveways and walkways.
The Karuziika located in Bujwahya in Hoima Municipality, was built by Omukama Cwa IIKabalega in 1872. Since then it has served as the main seat of power for Bunyoro-Kitara.
The Palace is an important cultural building among the Banyoro and is also a popular tourist attraction. It houses a mini-museum of artifacts, including the royal regalia dating back to 500 years.
Kingdom officials say the palace is old fashioned and needs a facelift. Subjects say the current state of the palace does not honor the legacy of ancestors like Kabalega who built Bunyoro-Kitara into one of the mightiest kingdoms in Africa.
Robert Asiimwe, a farmer from Buhimba Sub County prays that the work starts after countless promises.