The Uganda Minister Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) Col. Tom Butime, unveiled eleven Uganda wildlife sculptures along the Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters on Kira Road stretching for approximately 2 kilometers between Mulago Hospital roundabout and Kira Road Police Station in Kampala.
Hosted by the Executive Director, Sam Mawanda, on behalf of sponsor
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the unveiling of the new Wildlife Street was also attended by the Permanent Secretary
of the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA), Mrs. Doreen
Katusiime; the Chairman of the Board of UWA, Dr. Panta Kasoma; the Uganda
Tourism Board CEO, Lilly Ajarova; the Kampala City Council Authority Executive
Director KCCA, Dorothy Kisaka; and the Uganda
Tourist Association (UTA) CEO, Richard Kawere.
The Honorable Minister Col. Tom Butime said, “The
initiative will go a long way in promoting tourism in the country.” Butime also
applauded government agencies for the concerted efforts to initiate tourism
development projects that he said would fast-track the recovery of the tourism
sector greatly hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The success of the UWA
monuments project is testament to effective
cooperation among government agencies.
The Uganda Tourism Board CEO, Lilly Ajarova, underscored the
role of the sculptures in the promotion of tourism. “The sculptures are a
near-life representation of the abundant wildlife. I encourage Ugandans to
learn and experience them from Kampala city as well as in the wild, national parks,
and other tourism destinations, and the next time you’re on the Wildlife
Street,” Ajarova said.
The UTB CEO, however, asked the public to not only take
selfies with the sculptures but also to go out and visit the wild animals in
their natural habitats in national parks and wildlife reserves.
Perhaps the sculptures could be augmented with occasional
sound effects like the whines of a Grant’s Zebra, or the bleats of a Nubian
Giraffe, and the hoots of a Chimpanzee, trumpets of an African Elephant, and roars
of a lion – all welcome distractions perhaps to city commuters.