By Tugume Johnbosco
HOIMA. Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has asked companies undertaking oil and gas related projects in the Albertine region to preserve cultural sites they come along in their areas of operation.
The Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga urged the company officials to always report to the Kingdom whenever they come across tools and artifacts of historic and cultural significance.
While meeting officials from SBC Uganda, a contractor for Hoima International Airport construction
on Friday, Byakutaga said the Kingdom is concerned that some construction companies are
destroying cultural sites. He noted that Bunyoro’s history has been preserved for years and thus should not vanish at the expense of the oil and gas activities.
Byakutaga’s appeal comes at a time when the Kingdom is locked up in disagreement with Chanqging
International Construction Corporation-CICO over blasting of Haibaale rock in Kigorobya Sub county, which the cultural institution claims is a cultural site with “historic, archeological and ethnographical value.”
Chanqging International Construction Corporation was contracted by government to tarmac the Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko road.
On the other hand the Prime Minister commended SBC officials for the work so far done
and urged them to increase on the recruitment of locals. The SBC Public Relations Officer, Amos Muriisa pledged the company’s commitment to preserving culture, environmental conservation, health and safety in the course of their work.
He briefed the Prime Minister on progress of the Airport construction works, saying civil work currently stands at 21percent.On local content, Muriisa said 31percent of the workers are from Bunyoro. Hoima International Airport, located in Buseruka is one of the key projects as Uganda moves to the production stage of the oil and gas recently discovered in the Albertine region.