lunedì 19 marzo 2012

MPs oppose fresh plans to demolish Uganda Museum

 By Mercy Nalugo (extract from Daily Monitor)



Parliament has protested the planned demolition of the Uganda Museum and tasked government to produce a comprehensive report on the matter.Lubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi on Friday raised the matter on the floor of the House when he reported that he had received information from credible circles to the effect that government would in two months demolish the country’s most symbolic cultural sites to pave way for the construction of a 60-storey modern mall.
“Mr Speaker, we are saddened by the news that government intends to demolish the museum in order to construct a mall but this we shall not allow and we are ready to die,” said Mr Lukyamuzi, attracting debate.
Govt to explain
Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya (Busiro North) opposed the demolition of the museum, saying it is one of the country’s major tourist attraction centres that has been preserved for a long time and for a purpose.
The Prime Minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, said he was not prepared to give an explanation. The Deputy Speaker, Mr Jacob Oulanya, ruled that the Prime Minister produces a statement on the matter on Thursday next week.
Retired Supreme Court Judge George Kanyeihamba, some Members of Parliament and cultural rights activists, last month launched a campaign to save the Uganda National museum , the country’s national heritage centre, from being demolished.

Prof. Kanyeihamba said he will task the Executive on why government, which promised to protect the heritage of the country, is now backtracking on its own pledge.
The Ministry of Tourism in 2010 sanctioned the construction of a trade tower on the site and government intends to save two floors for the museum.
The museum, founded in 1908, has exhibits of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history.
mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

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