BUNYORO KINGDOM SIGNS MOU WITH CCFU TO PRESERVE CULTURE
By Innocent Atuganyire
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU), an NGO that focuses on the promotion of cultural preservation.
The MOU was signed by the Kingdom Prime Minister Owek. Andrew Byakutaga and Ms. Barbra Babwetera, the CCFU Executive Director on Tuesday 28/02/2023 at the Kingdom Offices in Hoima City.
The MOU will be operational for three years with a possibility of extending the same after the two parties consenting.
Under the MOU, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and CCFU agreed to work together to protect and preserve important cultural sites and intangible heritage in Bunyoro, promote public-private partnerships in environmental & wildlife conservation.
In the same MOU, the duo agreed to strengthen cultural systems, enhance intercultural dialogue to foster social cohesion and harmony, utilize cultural knowledge and resources to enhance development initiatives and to work with young people to promote and appreciate their culture.
The Kingdom Prime Minister Andrew Byakutanga said that they welcome partnerships that support and complement the kingdom’s efforts to fulfil its core mandate of preserving culture and the overall objective of improving the quality of life of the people.
Byakutaga said oil developments and other changes are impacting on the culture of Bunyoro, adding that the Kingdom will enhance working with the government and other development partners to protect culture amidst the various developments in the region.
He appreciated CCFU and Total Energies for accepting to partner with the Kingdom as per the MOU.
Ms. Barbra Babwetera, the CCFU Executive Director commended Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom for building on the previous support and collaboration which the kingdom has been having with CCFU.
CCFU previously supported the renovation of some cultural sites and documentation of some cultural practices.