Mbarara's "Bull" in Bad Shape Top story

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Hebert Turyomurugyendo runs a restaurant in Mbarara town. He says the bull means a lot to the towns identity and shouldnt be left to look the way it does. He asks the authorities to wake up and stop taking the statue for granted.

The famous statue of a bull that welcomes people to Mbarara town is in a sorry state. The original statue was pulled down during the rehabilitation of the Masaka - Mbarara road three years ago and replaced by another statue.

 
However, the new statue has already lost one of its horns and legs. The statue is also far from resembling the long horned Ankole bull.


Tour operators in Mbarara town feel that the new statue doesn't portray its intended purpose and want it replaced or pulled down. Sheilah Ayebare who sells crafts in Mbarara town says the bull is a poor work of art, which explains its current state.



Ayebare says those hired to work on the bull should be held accountable and made to do fresh work. Bright Muhumuza, a resident of Mbarara municipality, says that the current state of the statue is embarrassing.
 

He says the bull means a lot to Mbarara town and the culture of the people in the area. Muhumuza says the people of Mbarara and greater Ankole area are mainly cattle keepers and the bull was meant to showcase the main economic activity in the area.

 
Hebert Turyomurugyendo who runs a restaurant in Mbarara town says the bull means a lot to the town's identity and shouldn't be left to look the way it does. He asks the authorities to wake up and stop taking the statue for granted.
 

 
Robert Mugabe Kayebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality concurs with the concerns of the tour operators. He says the municipal leadership is also concerned about the current state of the statue and efforts are underway to ensure that it is pulled down and another one erected.

 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.