The Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) has appealed to Government to accelerate enactment of amendments into the Historical Buildings Act to provide for punitive measures against demolition of historical buildings in the country.
The call was made by the CCFU, Executive Director, Emily Drani, during the launch of a 3 day training of researchers and photographers for a documentation of historical buildings in the country.
At the function attended by the European Union Ambassador, Attilio Pacifici as a way of marking the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, Drani said the State needs to recognize the historical buildings as important as well as having very strong deterrents for demolition.
“There is a Historical Buildings Act but it is outdated and the efforts to update it is taking a lot of time; there should be punitive measures put in place because if you demolish a historical building, the punishment isn’t a deterrent so it is very common for people to demolish a historical building since the punishment is negligible,” Drani said.
Dranin revealed that the launched project is related to the European year of cultural heritage and it is about training professional researchers and photographers to be able to capture historical infrastructure in Entebbe, Kampala and Jinja districts.
“The reason for this project is to illustrate the importance of historical buildings that are linked to our history, education, health in relation to European Union,” Drani said.
He added that many of the buildings are being demolished because people don’t know them or their value, yet they are irreplaceable.
“We are calling upon Ugandans and other stakeholders including government officials to identify and also promote the preservation of the historical properties because once they are not there, the future generations will not appreciate the history that they are taught about as well as our cultural values.”
“We purpose to train a number of researchers and photographers who will have to produce a map of the selected buildings in the different locations to showcase their importance and the relationship with European Union.”
The European Year for Cultural Heritage (EYCH2018) aims at enhancing the visibility of the European Union in Uganda as a single entity, and to improving the awareness amongst as wide a public as possible about the EU-Uganda partnership in all its dimensions.