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Buganda to refurbish Amin Death Cave for tourism

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd June 2009 03:00 AM

A CAVE at Lubiri Palace, which was used by Idi Amin to imprison and execute people, is to be rehabilitated for international tourism, a Buganda minister has announced.

By Paul Tentena

A CAVE at Lubiri Palace, which was used by Idi Amin to imprison and execute people, is to be rehabilitated for international tourism, a Buganda minister has announced.

Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi said the cave, known as Amin’s Death Prison Cave, would be rehabilitated in preparation for the Buganda Tourism Expo slated for July 1 to 4. Idi Amin was president from 1971 to 1979.

While conducting a media tour of potential tourist sites in Buganda recently, Kiyingi said rehabilitation of the cave and other tourist sites in Buganda would cost sh200m.

“The Buganda Tourism Expo will celebrate and promote culture as a tourism attraction and promote unique attractions of the kingdom,” she noted.

Kiyingi added that the expo would also encourage people to engage in tourism as an economic activity. She said the expo would recognise tourism as a sustainable tool for cultural conservation and development.

Vivian Lyazi, an official in the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, said during the expo, Buganda clans would display, educate and entertain the people with cultural history, lineage and live totems.

“A host of activities ranging from fashion, school performances of music and dance to contemporary drama shows highlighting poetry and comedy, will be conducted,” Lyazi added.

She said the expo would train cultural guides in tourism and site management.

Lyazzi said hotels, tour and travel companies would sell tourism wonders of the country. The exposition is expected to attract many people.

Buganda to refurbish Amin Death Cave for tourism

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