Kooki Finally Starts Construction of UGX 4.8Billion Chief's Palace Top story

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Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Chiefdom Information Minister says they received a financial boost from their friends in Japan, Abu Dhabi and Kampala.

Kooki chiefdom has finally embarked on the construction of the official palace for the Kamuswaga at the tune of 4.8billion Shillings. The palace is part of the master development plan launched by the chiefdom in 2012.

Other projects on the master plan are establishment of Kooki Chiefdom Community Radio, community museum, rehabilitation of the old palace and the royal tombs and revival of Kooki language among others.
However, the projects stalled due to lack of funds. Now, the chiefdom has reportedly secured some funding from abroad to implement its stalled projects. Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Chiefdom Information Minister says they received a financial boost from their friends in Japan, Abu Dhabi and Kampala.  

He however, doesn't specify how much money they received and who the donors are. Ndawula says a result of the donations; they have embarked on the construction of a modern palace for the Kamuswaga Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli at Kooki hill near Rakai district headquarters.

The palace, which seats on a four acre piece of land, is surrounded by Lake Kijanebalora. Ndawula says the chiefdom has already completed the construction of the Kooki chiefdom royal and Leisure Park next to the old palace.

The royal park hosts the newly built Kooki museum, cultural shop, Ekigango- the royal meeting house and a multi-purpose hall among other tourist attractions.

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Dickson Ssenyala, the Kooki Cultural Minister says the implementation of the development plan is a big boost to the chiefdom. 

Ssebyaala says the construction of the palace and the cultural house means Kooki is slowly reviving its cultural heritage.

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Josephine Nakachwa, a subject of Kooki says she has finally seen something tangible in Kooki. She says the newly completed royal park and leisure center has changed the beauty of Kooki.
Nakachwa says the street lights installed around the royal pack and town council by Kamuswaga are a big boost to security in the area. Ahmed Kiwanuka, the Kooki Prime Minister is optimistic that they will implement the entire development plan in three years. 

He is happy that the construction of the new palace for Kamuswaga has started because the old palace is not befitting for their cultural leader. 


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