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Godfrey Abigaba, the Kibiro LC 1 chairperson, says government has completely abandoned the facility that he says have potential of generating revenue for the neighboring community. He wants government to renovate the hot springs to befitting standards.
The sorry state of the Kibiro Hotsprings

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Kibiro hot springs in Kigrorobya sub county in Hoima district are in a bad shape despite being a destination for hundreds of tourists and residents. Local and international tourists flock the area to visit the Hot springs for adventure and healing purposes.

It is great to watch water form bubbles as it reaches its boiling point. Some of the tourists use the hot spring to boil Irish potatoes, green bananas and eggs. This water forms a stream flowing to the west where it meanders into L. Albert.   

Each visitor pays between Shillings 500 and 1000 to access the springs. However, the hot spring is being affected by silting, irresponsible waste disposal, lack of privacy and inadequate places of convenience. The facility has no latrines, no shelter and accommodation for visitors.     

Godfrey Abigaba, the Kibiro LC 1 chairperson, says government has completely abandoned the facility that he says have potential of generating revenue for the neighboring community. He wants government to renovate the hot springs to befitting standards. 

Abigaba says that as the community adjacent to the hot springs, they don’t have the capacity of developing it to modern standards.  

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Cue out…..enzira ke ebyo,”//.    

Geofry Isingoma, another resident wonders why government has neglected the hot springs yet its existence is paramount in the history of Uganda.      

He says government is to blame for the bad shape of the facility, saying if government had developed it, it could act as a source of revenue.    

//Cue in: “Ekicweka Kyaitu kinu…  

Cue out:….gaitu Aga Kibiro.:”//.      

George Isingoma also a resident of Kibiro, says the state of the hot spring is appealing and unfit to be called a tourist destination. He says the irresponsible disposal of waste and absence of key requirements such as clean water and accommodation among others makes the facility unfit to be called a tourist attraction.  

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Cue out:…Kuba tuki cweramu.:”//.    

Patrick Musinguzi, a resident of Kigorobya town who always visits the hot spring, says government seems to have abandoned the site yet when it is developed to modern standards it could generate a lot of money for the local community.  

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Cue out:…come in Kibiro.”//. 

Midesta Mugisa, the Kigorobya Sub county LC 3 Chairperson, says the leadership is equally concerned about the current state of the hot springs. He says as a sub county they lack money to development the facility.   

He says that they are in discussions with the tourism Ministry to help them develop the hot spring.  Andrew Byakutaga, the Bunyoro Kitara Prime minister, says the hot spring is one of the cultural sites in the Kingdom.

He says the Kingdom has a plan of improving all the cultural sites including Kibiro hot springs and salt gardens since they are important cultural heritage for the kingdom.    

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He however doesn’t reveal when the Kingdom intends to develop the site. 

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