Tuku reveals that the Leopard escorted such elders whenever they moved through insecure routes to solve traditional problems and in some cases it would together with snakes and grasshoppers appear at the grave of such an elder during burial.
More than ten chief
under the Lugbara cultural institution, also known as Lugbara Kari in West Nile have unanimously
endorsed the construction of a giant Leopard statue in Arua city as their
The chiefs who were drawn from Maracha, Terego, Ayivu, Madi, Vurra
and Aringa, among other areas, inspected Arua hill roundabout the construction site
of the emblem.
The construction of
the Arua Hill roundabout kicked off with the inauguration of Arua city on July
1st this year and is being undertaken by Development Infrastructure. Early this
month, there was a huge debate among the Lugbara on whether to use the Leopard
or Bull as their traditional emblem.
Some of the people wondered whether the Lugbara
would accept a Leopard, which devours people or the Bull that shows strength.
During the inspection, Ismail Tuku, the Prime
Minister Lugbara Kari cultural institution, said they resolved to maintain the
Leopard as the identity of the Lugbara.
He explained that according
to their tradition, when an elder died, a Leopard would visit the bereaved home
to mourn the deceased. Tuku reveals that the Leopard escorted such elders whenever they
moved through insecure routes to solve traditional problems and in some cases
it would together with snakes and grasshoppers appear at the grave of such an elder during burial.
//Cue in; “The
Cue out…identity is this.”//
Suzan Ezati Andrua, the Education and Sports Minister in Lugbara Kari says the
position of the Leopard among the Lugbara cannot be debated because its role and
the importance is fully enshrined in their tradition.
//Cue in; “We
Cue out... has accepted it.”//
Malon Adroni, the Chief of Vurra and the Representative of Alur, Sam Baker called
on the young generation to embrace education in order to document the history
of the Lugbara people to avoid unnecessary debates on the cultural regalia.
Sunday Olishe Etrima, the Supervisor Development Infrastructure and overseer of
the construction of Lugbara emblem commended the chiefs for blessing the construction. According to Etrima,
the magnificent project estimated to cost over 500 million Shillings will have
continuous water flowing around it.
The first leopard.…
appreciate the chiefs."//
According to the officials of Development Infrastructure, the three months
project, which kicked off together with Arua City Clock Tower construction will
be unveiled to the public at the end of September 2020.