Tourism &Wild life

Nyero Rocks to get Art Interpretation

Nyero Rocks in Kumi District is set to get an Art Interpretation and Resource Centre.

While handing over the site to the winning contractor, Doreen Katusiime, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities said that the exercise had taken long for reasons of budget cuts.

Katusiime howver said that the money has been availed adding that the construction should begin and end as agreed upon in the contract.

The RDC, CAO and LC5 Chairman Kumi district broke the ground at the site for the construction to begin ASAP.

The RDC promised to overlook the construction for quality results as this project will bring in more tourists to the Rock and benefit Nyero as a whole.

Nyero Rocks are owned by Government, managed under Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, under the Department of Museums and Monuments.

The rocks are located in eastern Uganda in Kumi District, 8 km (5.0 mi) west of Kumi town, about 250 km (155.3 mi) from the capital city Kampala.

The rock art sites are believed to have been sacred places of the gods. The red and white paintings remain valuable to the people of Teso but are also mysterious since the painters are unknown.

In the past, the Iteso people of Nyero would sacrifice and pay offerings to the gods for problems of rain, misfortune, blessings and child bearing (Nyero 3).

Individual and clan prayers were held on a seasonal basis. Oral history has recorded strong attachment to sites though people were stopped from praying in the 1970s by the Government at the time.

Traces of smoke from sacrifices are still visible in some of the caves. The association of a sacred prayer place in the buffer zone continues to draw nearby communities to the site.

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