THE BUSOGA KINGDOM – ONE OF UGANDA’S TOURISM REGIONS
(Posted 20th January 2017)
Uganda, a republic straddling the equator, has in more ancient times been ruled by both Kings and Paramount Chiefs, institutions restored by the government of President Yoweri Museveni in 1993/94 as cultural institutions after all traditional ruling structures were abolished by Milton Obote, twice dictator and twice overthrown by military coups.
The Busoga Kingdom is located in the East of Uganda, across the River Nile, which commences its long journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Jinja, known as both the Source of the Nile and the Adventure Capital of East Africa.
The Busoga Tourism Initiative has now released an initial nine short chapters on the history, culture and of course tourism attractions found in the kingdom and
with their explicit permission will all nine chapters be reproduced here in coming days.
The timing is befitting as between the 17th and 19th of February will the Uganda Tourism Board host the annual Pearl of Africa Travel Expo in Kampala and the attractions of the upper Nile valley and further into the Kingdom will be showcased there to nearly 100 hosted buyers and international travel media representatives and travel trade professionals from the entire East African region.
Part 2 of 9
Nsono-Namakoko Fort: First British Settlement in Uganda
Located some 37km from Bugiri town, Nsono-Namakoko fort was the first biggest settlement of the British. It was there where the instrument to legalize the British stay in Uganda was signed in 1890. This agreement was signed with the Bukooli Hereditary Chief, Kaunhe Wakooli who is believed to have lived until 1893.
Nsono-Namakoko has an obelisk which was erected in 1952 in memory of the British presence in the place. On the monument is inscribed: “site of Wakooli Imperial British East African Company’s Fort 1891-1893”.
Nsono-Namakoko is hence the place where the British signed their first agreement with indigenous people of Uganda before going to Buganda where the 1894 and finally the Buganda 1900 Agreement was later signed.