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.
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
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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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.
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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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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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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.