Ntungamo Moves to Boost Tourism

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There are more than 20 tourism sites in the district.

Ntungamo District has moved in to boost tourism in a bid to improve local revenue.

There are more than 20 tourism sites in the district. They include Bugona which hosts a giant tree known for having hosted the great ancestors of the Bachwezi, Lake Nyabihoko, Karegye rock, Kyafora hot springs, a number of swamps that are known for bird watching, Karuruma cliff in Kayonza sub-county.

The district is also a stop over for hundreds of travellers destined for other tourist destinations such as Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park among others.

Passengers destined for Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo often pitch camp in the district before embarking on their journeys.

The district also recently embarked on profiling all the potential tourist sites and recruited a tourism officer to fast-track the initiative.

Denis Singahache, the Ntungamo District LCV chairperson, says that the district has the tourism potential and that it is the time to have it tapped. 

Singahache adds that the district has several mineral deposits especially tin and gold saying that once organized, the tourism sector can be of great importance.

He says that investing in the sector will commence immediately after the potential sites are profiled to help the district improve local revenue and create employment.

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Robert Aturinda, the Ntungamo district tourism officer, says that identification of tourist sites already underway. 

Amon Mutabarura the Ntungamo District Principal Commercial Officer says that the tourism sector is fast growing and that the district is trying to ensure that all possible means are exploited to benefit the communities and the district's financial base.  


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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.