Mbarara Resource Center became operational in 2018 following protests from residents after it remained under lock and key despite its completion in 2015. The 32 million shillings centre is meant to serve pupils, students, teachers, tourists and among others.
Mbarara Resource Center had become operational in 2018 following protests from locals after remained under lock and key despite its completion in 2015.
Tour operators in Mbarara Municipality are protesting a decision
by the authorities to close the resource centre.
Mbarara Resource Center became operational in 2018 following
protests from residents after it remained under lock and key despite its completion
in 2015. The 32 million shillings centre is meant to serve pupils,
students, teachers, tourists and among others.
It was also hoped that the centre would provide space for
displaying the traditional Ankole crafts. The proposal to build the
resource centre was mooted by Mbarara Municipal Development forum in
conjunction with the council authorities to serve travellers and readers with
information about Mbarara, its people and culture.
However, the centre has remained closed for three months under
Bright Muhumuza a businessman in Mbarara town is one of those that
are concerned about the closure of the structure. He says that despite denying
the people of Mbarara information, the move means that the money spent on the
project is being put to waste.
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Imam Kagiiko the Katete ward councillor says that the municipal
authorities should give reasons why the centre has remained closed for several
Salim Mushere, who has been to the centre several times, says that
it’s unfortunate that the municipality leadership which is pushing for a city
status seems to ignore the importance of the centre.
Joseph Kato worker with Crane tours says that he recently
went to the centre with a group of tourists and was only to be welcomed by a
padlock on the door.
Mbarara Municipality town clerk Francis Barabanawe says that he has
never been told about the operations and existence of the resource centre.
However, he says that he will engage municipality’s top leadership
to ensure that the matter is addressed.
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Mbarara Municipality Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi says that the
matter is being handled by the municipal leadership and that the resource centre
will soon open.
Without giving a clear timeline, the mayor also did not give
reasons behind the closure of the centre.