Kalangala Gets UGX 1 Billion to Revamp Crumbling Tourist Attractions

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Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) has given Kalangala district a grant of 1billion shillings to facilitate the redevelopment of several tourist attractions in the area. Kalangala district is made up of 84 islands each with unique tourist attractions.

Kalangala has finally secured part of the funds needed to revamp dozens of tourist attractions in the district which are currently in poor state.

Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA) has given Kalangala district a grant of 1billion shillings to facilitate the redevelopment of several tourist attractions in the area. Kalangala district is made up of 84 islands each with unique tourist attractions.

Some of the tourist circuits include caves such as Kalaya cave located in the town council, Banga cave, Mapela landmark, and Fort Speke.

Other tourist attractions are Nanziri waterfalls which are believed to have healing waters, Jaana Rocks, Ssese tree forest which signifies the origins of the Bassese, people of Kalangala. For quite some time, Kalangala district has been hunting for over 5billion shillings to redevelop these tourist attractions which are currently in ruins.

However, Willy Lugoloobi,the Kalangala district LC5 Chairman, says development partners ICEIDA have given them a grant of 1billion shillings this financial year to kick- start refurbishment and redevelopment of close to 50 tourist attractions in the district.

Lugoloobi says they have already received the money and they are going to start refurbishing all those tourist attractions which are in a deplorable state. He says because majority of these tourist attractions are privately owned, they are now in talks with landlords to allow the district develop them using the available funds to boost tourism.
 
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Cyprian Kavuma, the Kalangala district Senior Commercial Officer, says the number of tourists flocking Kalangala has more than doubled over the last two years. He claims that every week, the district gets 200 tourists majority of whom foreign.

Kavuma says he projects the number of tourists to increase in the near future if the current bottlenecks of poor access to tourists’ attractions are addressed.
 
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Joyce Kikomeko, the owner of Mirembe Resort Beach, has asked Kalangala to put the money to better use. She says they need to open up road to these tourist attractions to allow access. She claims that many tourists who sleep at her place complain that they can’t access some of the tourist attractions because of lack of roads.

 

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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.