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BUNYORO-KITARA

        BUNYORO-KITARA KINGDOM PROFILE

        Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in mid-western Uganda lies 1N to 2N and 3045' East to 3225' East of the Equator. It enjoys a rich history spanning over 1000 years. Presently it is composed of three districts of Kibaale, Masindi, and Hoima. It covers a total area of 21,376 sq kms, one third of which is covered by water mass. It has the advantage of a central titularship of the King, His Majesty Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1.

        The Kingdom has a population of about 800,000 people (1997 population projections). It contains several ethic groups, the majority being ethnic Banyoro. The local language spoken is Runyoro with some occasional Swahili. The Kingdom is sparsely populated with a density of 37 people per square km. The literacy rate is 46% for men and 55% for women.

        The economy of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom thrives on a number of economic activities, prominent among which is large scale commercial farming in tobacco, sugarcane, tea, cereals like maize, rice and ranching. A large area of the Kingdom is covered by tropical rain forests: Budongo, Kasongoire in, Masindi, Bugoma and Wambabya in Hoima and Kasaato in Kibaale districts. The forest reserves support various economic activities including lumbering (mahogany, ironwood and other hard wood timbers) and bird tracking. The Kingdom is also rich in wild game in national game reserves, including Murchision National Park, Karuma, Bugungu and the Biiso Eco-tourist center. The area has 43% of the national bio-diversity in the Muchision National Park conservation area alone.

        The Kingdom's inhabitants belong to three main religions, namely Protestants, Catholics and Muslims. About 3% of the population live in urban centers. 77% of the people live on subsistence agriculture with an income per capita of 143,000 per annum, however 60% of our land is still virgin land.

        As a cultural head, the King is assisted by his Principal Private Secretary, a Cabinet of 21 Ministers and Orukurato (Parliament), however the Kingdom, as an institution since restitution by the: Restitution of Traditional Rulers Statute of 1993 (and later confirmed by the 1995 Constitution), is restricted to cultural and development advocacy matters. However, through non-profit Kingdom institutional organs, such as Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Youth Foundation, it is mandated to enter into partnerships with local, national and international organizations and individuals with demonstrable interest in fostering development in the Kingdom.

        Among our major objectives is to provide and promote sustainable socio-economic emancipation, a strong cultural heritage of our people in Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom.

        -Promote electronic information technology application and utilization through the establishment of a multipurpose community telecentre.

        -Promote sustainable development by education and human resource development in all sectors, through training.

        Cultural sites and tourist attractions: The Kingdom has a variety of attractions which include: the royal tombs at Mparo, Katasiha Fort, Karuziika Palace, hot springs at Kibiro, African Village, Murchison Falls National Park, rare species of butterflies, apes and medicinal tree species, etc. Please visit our Virtual Museum.

        Bunyoro Kingdom is also blessed with mineral wealth, including oil at the Lake Albert rift valley, gem stones: tourmaline, ruby, red and green garnet, etc, and other minerals, titanium, tin and gold, as well as iron. His Majesty has done some gold prospecting. Random pit sampling yielded a minimum of 3 grams to 19 grams of alluvial gold per one cubic meter. This is also contained in the geological report of 1995.

        For more information please write:

        Mr Rashid Kazairwe, Project Coordinator, Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom Youth Foundation, P O Box 1 Karuziika Palace, Hoima, Uganda



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