The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called on Ugandans living in diaspora to invest in tourism in Busoga sub-region, saying it is one of the lucrative sectors that will uplift the region from poverty.
Kadaga said that different sites in Busoga have been identified and that once developed have potential to generate revenue for the region.
“We have partnered with Busoga Tourism Initiative, Ministry of Tourism and Uganda Tourism Board to attract both local tourists. I urge you the people of Busoga living in the diaspora to support our economy through tourism”, she said in a letter presented at the 2019 Basoga Twegaite Convention in New Jersey USA, by the Busiki County MP, Paul Akamba.
Kadaga cited various sites being targeted for tourism.
“We have developed Bishop Hanington Memorial Site in Kyando, Mayuge district, a religious site where Bishop James Hannington is believed to have been murdered. Every year thousands make pilgrimage to the site,” read part of the letter.
Kadaga called on Ugandans to take advantage of Kagulu hill in Buyende district and Itanda falls in Jinja district.
“The Kagulu Hill which is about 3500 feet above the sea level provides an adventurous hill climbing challenge” Kadaga stated.
She further took the chance to announce the Busoga special program fund, aimed at supporting a range of sectors to improve economic standards in the region.
“I am glad to announce that government considered the need for a special program for the development of Busoga and to achieve this Parliament has passed Shs 7.5 billion for the program” Kadaga stated.
The Bugabula South MP, Henry Maurice Kibalya reiterated that the Busoga special program is handy in a time when the region is grappling with poverty.
“We have succeeded in the special program for Busoga, which will uplift the region just like other development programs such as NUSAF and Karamoja development program,” said Kibalya.
Moses Balyeku Grace (Jinja West), clarified the position of the president in returning the Sugar Bill to Parliament.
“The President was concerned that the big millers were paying large sums of money in tax revenue and the small millers were paying small sums of money. That is an area where we have to debate and internalise the issue of taxation” Balyeku said.
The Twegaite Convention which was founded in New Jersey in 1998 is a bi-annual event which brings together Ugandans from Busoga region living in the United States. Every two years, friends of Busoga travel from all over the world to converge at Twegaite Conventions hosted in different states.