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Tourism: Did Government Abandon Kitagata Hot Spring?

Tourism not only in Uganda but world over is among the sectors that were strongly affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sector which contributes heavily to Uganda’s GDP is struggling to recover.

It, however, remains unclear when the sector will fully recover from the effects of COVID-19, now that the international borders remain shut and Entebbe International Airport closed.

Uganda’s tourism sector heavily depends on the international tourists who are currently unable jet into the country due to closure of the airports.

To tackle the challenge, government should be prioritizing domestic tourism by refurbishing tourist attraction sites such as game parks, cultural sites, hot springs among others.

It, however, looks like one of the tourist attraction sites in western Uganda, the Kitagata hot spring in Sheema district was abandoned by authorities.

The dirty stagnant waters in some parts of the hot spring.

The Kitagata hot spring which has in the past attracted tourists because of all sorts of religious, traditional doctrines and its alleged healing powers, is slowly dying away.

Locals swimming in the warm water ponds

Waste floating on top of water, various kinds of people bathing in the warm water of the hot spring is what it is witnessed once one approaches the hot spring.

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Despite the availability of a clear warning message from Kitagata Town Council authorities that bathing in the hot spring naked is an offense with a 50,000 shillings fine, ChimpReports witnessed various kinds of people, the young, the teenagers and the elderly bathing naked in the hot spring and nothing is done about.

If Government developed the area, it would attract both local and international tourists and perhaps give employment to local residents who only benefit from the hot spring by swimming in the warm water.

It is no doubt that the hot spring would boost Uganda’s tourism sector if developed, largely due to presence of excellent road network that connects districts of Sheema, Bushenyi, Ntungamo and Mbarara.

 

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