Kabale Municipal Council has trumpeted plans to turn the municipality into a leading tourism city.
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Kabale Mayor, says they are working on a major beautification plan that will see all the vacant places in the municipality occupied with attractive structures and symbols.
“We sat down and thought about how we can make Kabale attract, retain and keep on attracting more tourists,” he said.
The mayor says top of the plan is setting up a welcoming symbol at the inlet bridge, which will show Kabale as a habitat of Mountain Gorillas.
The Kabale-Mbarara road, according to the plan, will be paved and green vegetation will be set around All Saints Church grounds, Kabale Central Market area, Rugarama road among other areas.
The project will also see more street lighting in Kabale municipality and also the establishment of a standard bus terminal in Mwanjari ward.
Byamugisha added that the municipality will also introduce a housing plan that will guide residents in setting up housing estates in the area.
The Mayor’s gardens will also be improved to host various events in order to boost the revenue of the municipality council.
Key in this beautification plan will be the establishment of a cultural village to exhibit the Banyakigezi cultural practices.
“We want our children to understand how things were done in the traditional times by Banyakigezi. We believe that Cultural enthusiasts and tourists will find this field irresistible once established,” added Byamugisha.
The Ministry of Finance according to Byamugiha, has so far contributed 200 million shillings to the Municipality to facilitate this plan.
Dr. Emmanuel Ssenabulya, an architect from Studio One Design group, (the substantive contractors of the beautification plan) said if the plan is adopted, Kabale municipality will attract more tourists and revenue.
“Kabale has more potential if it is well planned for and properly developed, which has not been the case,” said Ssenabulya.
He revealed that the design is currently being developed by a team of experts from all spheres of development.
“We have on board a surveyor who is helping us in planning for Kabale’s hills, a botanist who is aiding in knowing which trees can grow up very well in this area and other Engineers,” he added.