Uganda Wildlife Authority has completed the beautification of Kira road with wildlife sculptures.
The sculptures UWA says are intended to bring the beauty and diversity of Uganda’s wildlife heritage closer to the City and promote protected areas as tourism destinations.
The Sculptures were unveiled and commissioned today by the Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Rtd. Col. Hon. Tom Butime.
While unveiling the sculptures, Hon. Butime applauded the initiative noting that it would not only interest Ugandans to visit parks but also improve the look of the city using wildlife which is not only abundant in the country but also an integral part of culture as totems to many Ugandans.
“This is a commendable venture from UWA because construction of wildlife images depicting the national parks and national resources that showcase Uganda’s endowment will entice our population to associate with wildlife. It will interest them to visit the national parks because it will form part of the daily remainders of the need to reach the parks,” said Rtd. Col. Butime.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism Wildlife Doreen Katusiime and Antiquities Doreen Katusiime said the sculptures will create awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and inspire people to visit the national parks.
The Chairman UWA Board of Trustees Dr. Pantaleon Kasoma expressed hope Ugandans walking or driving along this street, will become interested in wildlife and its conservation; because it is on them that the future of our natural resource’s rests.
The Executive Director KCCA Dorothy Kisaka thanked UWA for making city vibrant and asked everyone to market Kampala as a beautiful city.
“It’s nice to bring some Wild in the city. I wish to thank UWA for bringing the sculptures to educate our city dwellers of tourism. We should market Kampala and Uganda as a beautiful city. Let’s take selfies and appreciate the great work,” she said.
The Executive Director UWA Sam Mwandha was glad that after the long wait with construction processes, the sculptures have been unveiled.
“The institution has chosen representative images that depict nature with animals to showcase our country’s rich and diverse endowment. We hope Ugandans and visitors who come to Uganda can visit the parks to enjoy the rich heritage,” he said.
The bronze sculptures do not only enhance the image of a modern city but also promote wildlife conservation and tourism.
The monuments constructed include;
Lion – Climbing Lion in Queen Elizabeth
Buffalo – To represent Kidepo Valley National Park, as the Park with over 2,000 buffalos in one Herd
Elephant – Murchison Falls National Park
Zebra – Lake Mburo National Park
Mt. Gorilla – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Giraffe –Rothschild Giraffe in Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park& Lake Mburo National Park.
Shoe Bill–Semuliki, the Birders Haven
Chimpanzee –Kibale National Park
Hippopotamus – Aquatic Life in the Parks
Crested Crane – National Bird
The event was attended by Chief Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board Lilly Ajarova and representatives of the Private sector among others.
Other monuments located in the city include the Mountain gorilla placed at Colline House on Nile Avenue and Impalas at Jubilee Building on Kimathi Avenue.
The beautification exercise follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed between UWA and Kampala City Council Authority in October 2016 to jointly promote Kampala City as a tourism gateway