Government through the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has embarked on a renovation project to give a face lift to the dilapidated Palace of the King of Ankole, known locally as Ekikaari Ky’omugabe Wa Ankole
The Palace is hoped to be transformed into tourism destination center in the western Mbarara district.
The Palace together with other kingdom structures had been left in ruins following the abolition of Traditional Kingships by President Milton Obote in the 1960s.
The Ankole Royal Regalia was then transferred and kept for public viewing at the Uganda Museum.
The Tourism Ministry announced Monday that it had signed a contract with Block Technical Services, a construction company to gather the remains of the palace and transform them into Tourism Destination Centre.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Doreen S Katusiime said at a function to kick off the refurbishment, that the project is among others intended to ensure that the people of Ankole don’t forget their identity.
“Once the Palace is renovated, the face of the Palace shall contain the Ankole Regalia, which includes the Ankle Long Horned Cattle, and the Matooke stem, with the fruit on it,” she said.
“The Ankole cultural diversity will be captured in the art and this will help the young generation to understand the rich culture and preserve it for future generations.”
The first phase of the project according to the PS will include construction of a main gate, front side gate house, boundary wall fence of about 600m, the main gate, electrical/mechanical installations, sanitary fittings, and external works.