The competition returned this year having temporarily been suspended due to the COVID- 19 pandemic and attracted teams from Police, Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces-UPDF, Uganda Prisons Service-UPS and Uganda Wildlife Authority -UWA.
Arnold Kasoro, a resident of Kangoma cell in Kibiito town council told the Uganda Radio Network that a number of tourists from all over the world used to visit the Tomb of the late King Kaboyo I, who was buried in Kangoma village.
In her communication to the plenary, Speaker Among said that the position of parliament requiring the cancellation of the festival still stands and that it is now the responsibility of the Executive to work upon the recommendation.
John-Bosco Barongo, the Director of Great Africa Cycling Safari, says that the tour is aimed at promoting the merits of the East African Community Integration through interacting with locals, tourism, and trade, and highlighting the impact of climate change and environmental conservation.
On Wednesday morning, the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja chaired an inter-ministerial meeting that gave a green light to the festival contrary to the recommendation by Parliament calling for the cancellation of the festival.
Bashir Hangi, the UWA communication officer said that there is a lot of talent within UWA that needs to be given an opportunity to manifest by allocating reasonable resources at conservation area level to boast training.
Akore explained that this would be the best time for Elders from different clusters within Karamoja to come together and explore possible solutions to some of the issues affecting the region but not to enjoy when their people are dying of starvation due to hunger.
Balunywa says the London route lacks a market in comparison to Dubai and Asian destinations which attract passengers who are mainly tourists, businesspeople. He says those routes are also lucrative for cargo operations.
According to the loan agreement, the repayment schedule runs from July 21, 2019, to January 21, 2032. In the 13-year repayment period, the government plans to pay $26.8 million (about Shs 95 billion) every year. This means that the government should collect at least Shilling 7.8 billion monthly to meet the loan obligation.
Johnson Mboga, the chairman of the Kasese Tourism Investment Forum says while there is a lot of public knowledge of the region as a tourism hub, companies and individuals from other areas have benefited more from the resources than the residents.
The expedition sought to draw attention to the impact of climate change, and the significant role of environmental conservation and promotion of the Rwenzori Mountains as a unique adventure tourism attraction.