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Karamoja Museum Abandoned

Daniel Arap Moi, one of the first caretakers of the museum, says there is no political will to promote Karamoja Museum. He claims that the bigger part of the district that hosts the museum are disgruntled since it is located on the minority side.
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Karamoja Museum, one of the would be key tourist attractions to the region has been neglected by the authorities. 

The Museum that hosts several samples of the rich culture of Karamoja has remained unutilized.

It takes weeks before the museum hosts any tourist. Since its opening in 2012, nothing much has been added to the museum built by the French embassy.

Peter Apaja, a Curator at the museum, says both the local government and Ministry of Tourism Antiquities have kept silent on the development of the museum. 

He says there are no funds to promote the museum to potential tourists, which has kept backdoors. 

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Apaja explains that even the management of the museum is entirely his responsibility. He however, notes that Karamoja Museum has very rare species dating millions of years back.

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Karamoja Cultural Museum is located at the foot of Mount Moroto in Moroto town. It has aspects of colonial and pre-colonial history of Karamoja displayed including the migrations, famine, warrior life and cattle smuggling, gun warfare and now school.

Karamoja Museum acts as a center of archaeological research and a lot of information has been gathered about Stone and Iron Age sites. Attempts have been made to explain the geological formation of Karamoja using a selection of rocks and minerals.

But Daniel Arap Moi, one of the first caretakers of the museum, says there is no political will to promote Karamoja Museum. He claims that the bigger part of the district that hosts the museum are disgruntled since it is located on the minority side. 

The facility is built in Katikekile Sub County, which forms part of Tepeth Constituency.

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Within Moroto town, a few people have knowledge of Karamoja Museum. 

John Kokas Okello, a resident in Kitaale quarters, Moroto Municipality says he has never known of its existence. 

Currently, private tour operator like Kara-Tunga Tours is the lead organizations in the tourism sector in Karamoja, a region that hosts Kidepo National Park.

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