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Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom To Seek Legal Action Over Invasion Into Its Cultural Sites

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has threatened to seek court injunction against activities that are being undertaken at the Haibale rock cultural site in Kigorobya sub-county, Hoima district.

The hill which is believed to have a magnificent historical importance was recently sold by former Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Lands George Kyaligonza to a Chinese company to crush stones for road construction.

The gravel from the cultural site is used in the tarmacking of Hoima-Wanseko road.

Although the kingdom opposed the move, the stone quarrying activities have been on for the past four months.

Prince Apollo Kisoro Rwamparo, the Kingdom Minister for Tourism says they are considering taking a legal action to seek for an interim injunction on all the activities at the rock.

He notes that the former minister fraudulently acquired a land title for the land that hosts the cultural site using his influence as a kingdom minister which is illegal.

Kyaligonza acquired the land title in 2006 measuring to 19.7 hectares.

The residents in Haibale claim the rock has a relationship with Kibiro hot spring claiming the hot waters flow from it.

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Rwamparo says there is need to protect and preserve Bunyoro’s cultural heritage, for reasons ranging from education to historical research to the desire to reinforce a sense of identity.

He adds that they are also considering meeting Uganda National Roads Authority and other stakeholders to deliberate on how to respect the existing cultural sites.

Over 200 cultural sites exist in Hoima, Kikuube, Masindi, Buliisa, Kagadi, Kibaale and other areas in Bunyoro region.

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