Some residents of Kangai Sub County in Dokolo district want government to establish a University in the area to recognize their fallen ancestors who hosted anti-colonial Kings Kabalega and Mwanga. At the peak of the British war against Bunyoro, Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda were forced to take refuge in Kangai Sub County around 1897 before they were captured on April 9th 1899 by British colonialists.
At the peak of the British war against Bunyoro, Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda were forced to take refuge in Kangai Sub County around 1897 before they were captured on April 9th 1899 by British colonialists. The two kings were then marched to Kampala on their way to exile in the Seychelles Islands.
Since then the site has remained redundant with only two monuments erected in memory of the two Kings on a 50 acre-piece of land.
Now residents want government to erect a higher leaning institution to honor their ancestors who were killed during the fight to protect the two monarchs from being captured by the British colonialists.
Olila Alonsious, a 56 year old resident of Abongo-rwot village, whose grandfather was killed during the fight to resist the capture of the two kings, says government should take over the management of the historical site and make it visible. Olila says hundreds of Lango were killed in the fight to protect the kings including his grandfather.
He observed that the construction of a University in the area would be a reward to the residents and could attract businesses in the area.
Jacob Okello proposed that government should build a University and name it “Kabalega University” in remembrance of the dead two kings.
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He says the two kings were protected by their ancestors that had been collaborating with them to resist British administrations. He says it would also turn the area into a tourist attraction site.
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Buganda King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi plans to visit the area later this year, according to the Kingdom Prime Minister, Eng John Baptist Walusimbi. In March, Walusimbi said the Kabaka’s visit was to promote tourism in the area.
Kawinya Padi Alwala, Tekwaro Lango spokesperson says the cultural institution is in the final stages of taking over ownership of the major historical site in the region. He says they plan to turn it into a tourist attraction.
Alwala says other cultural sites to be managed by the cultural institution include Tyen Olum or the human footsteps on Ibuje Rock in Ibuje Sub County, Apac district, and Kungu village in Akokoro sub county Apac where the religion was first introduced.
Others are Ngetta hill in Lira district where Lango tribal group first settled when they had just migrated from the North East, and Barlonyo site where over 300 civilians were massacred by the Kony’s rebels.