The proposed construction of a Ugx 500 million cultural village in Kabale municipality, that is aimed at promoting urban tourism in Kigezi region is yet to kick off, five years after the project was launched.
The construction work was flagged by then Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile in 2016 along Babukiika road in Central Division.
The project was to be funded by the International Community of the Banyakigezi-ICOB-U and Kabale municipal council.
According to the plan, the cultural village is expected to host a mini public library, restaurant for traditional foods, theater, craft shop, museum and stalls to display the traditional Kikiga and Kinyarwanda tools among others.
However, the construction work has stalled since the project was launched. What stands at the proposed site is a foundation stone.
An employee at Kabale Municipality told our reporter on condition of anonymity that the construction work hit a snag due to lack of funds.
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality admits the delayed construction of the cultural village.
He however, explains that after launching the project, they opted to secure a beautification master plan from the government to help them beautify the town.
Byamugisha is optimistic that the construction work for the cultural village will kick off in a few months.
Grace Mugabirwe Mutebile the Chairperson of International Community of the Banyakigezi Uganda –ICOB-U says the plans are still on to have the cultural village built, but that they have been hampered by covid 19 for the last two years.