April 21, 2014

West Nile Marks 100

West Nile region is today marking 100 years as part of Uganda following its transfer from the DR Congo under a 1914 Anglo-Belgian agreement.

The main celebrations are taking place in Arua, today, and will encompass cultural shows, an educational symposium and conversations on legacy projects such as a museum in Arua, an information centre in Pakwach in Nebbi District and a market in Koboko to serve Uganda, DRC and South Sudan. Moyo, Zombo, Yumbe, Maracha and Adjumani districts are yet to identify their priority projects.

Musician Suzan Kerunen, hands over the West Nile 100-year fete torch to Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri at Parliament last week. Photo by Geoffrey Sseruyange
Musician Suzan Kerunen, hands over the West Nile 100-year fete torch to Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri at Parliament last week. Photo by Geoffrey Sseruyange

It has an estimated population of 3 million and has different ethnic groupings such as the Lugbara, Madi, Kebu, Alur, Aringa, Jonam and Kakwa.

President Yoweri Museveni will be the guest of honour in the company of his ministers and foreign diplomats.

The state minister for investment, Dr. Gabriel Ajedra, said they are using the occasion to profile West Nile as a tourism and investment destination.

“We have already identified 44 tourism attractions and many investment opportunities which we are promoting in West Nile,” Ajedra said.

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