State minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda this week urged people in Mbarara to support his ministry’s efforts to transform the area into a tourism city.
The minister made the call on Tuesday during the groundbreaking for the renovation of the Ankole Palace in Kamukuzi division.
The renovation of the abandoned palace is a presidential directive to the tourism ministry according to the minister.
Kiwanda says the palace, which used to be home the King of Ankole will not be demolished but overhauled.
“We will maintain the palace the way it is and restore it to its original design” said the minister.
The renovation which is already in progress will be done in 3 phases; starting with fencing, strengthening of the buildings and later creating more new structures at the palace.
This, Kiwanda said, will mark the start of transforming Mbarara into a tourism city.
“We are turning this palace into a centre of Ankole cultural heritage. It will have the Ankole long horned cow all over the fence and we hope that it’s going to be one of the tourism products for Mbarara and Ankole sub region”
A total of Shs. 1.7B is being spent on the 1st phase while the entire project will cost Shs.10Billion.