By Elizabeth Kabibi
Busoga Tourism and Heritage in conjunction with Jinja Municipal Council is set to showcase culture during The Source of the Nile Cultural Festival 2017.
The Cultural Festival slated for October 27-29 at River Nile in Jinja is intended to showcase the rich Busoga culture, in terms of foods and drinks, music, and cultural games among others.
Busoga Kingdom Minister of Tourism Hellen Namutamba says the festival mainly targets the youth to gain knowledge about the Busoga culture.
Ms Namutamba reveals that from the cultural festival, the young generation will get to understand how culture has evolved over the years.
The Busoga Minister notes that the festival also avails an opportunity to foster the government’s Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) policy. The BUBU policy, as launched by government in early 2017 aims to promote the consumption and use of local goods and services, increase the local content in government procurement and create awareness for consumers to buy locally produced goods and services.
Meanwhile, Majid Batanbuze, the Mayor of Jinja Municipality stresses the need for a deliberate effort by government to develop potential tourist sites and make them more accessible.
"The country lacks a museum from which one can learn more about Uganda's history, for example; Amin's harsh regime, the big events of the 1981-1986 war and the President who was in power for only 68 days, among others, the Busoga Kingdom will build one for the country," Batambuze notes.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga will launch the cultural event, while the Kyabazinga Prince Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV will officiate at the event’s closure.