PROMOTING TOURISM: State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi.

As the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities strives to promote domestic tourism in Uganda, it has today launched a weekend escape called ‘Tulambule’.

This project was launched by the State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda and will run for ten months throughout the different regions in the country, beginning this weekend with a tour of the Busoga region, home to the Source of the River Nile.

“We want to visit our country as most foreigners do, this will help us value what we have in Uganda,” Kiwanda, who is also the Mityana MP said adding: “we want to make sure that Ugandans also enjoy the features in Uganda and a trip will be made every month.”

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The Minister noted that tourism contributes more than 10% to Uganda’s forex earnings, and said that the Tulambule program will help create jobs for Ugandans.

“Tulambule will make the country be able to earn even without support from the international community. Tulambule targets moving to all parts of Uganda without discrimination of income or age,” Kiwanda said of the project that is being financed through the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB).

Ugandans are not adept at having tour holidays, with most likening such to the rich and foreigners.

“Most people have not even managed to spare some time and tour the nearby tour cites because they have no love for adventure,” one David Kasozi told the Eagle Online.

The launch of the ‘weekend escape’ follows that of the ‘Rolex’, a Ugandan culinary concoction of wheat bread, eggs and beans that was launched about a month ago by Mr Kiwanda and former Tourism minister Maria Mutagamba.