The Omukama's Palace, built by the
love and effort of the batooro in the Sixties, once graced the top of Kabarole
(let them see) hill as a symbol of identity and pride for the one million
plus batooro. Its elegance and unique architectural design left an indelible
impression on all those who beheld it. Today, its reinforced concrete structural
pillars are all that is left of this magnificient labor of love. To say
that it is in ruins would be the understatement of the millennium.
The Omukama's palace as it looked in 1993, after
UPDATE: With the financial assistance of H.E.
Col. Muammar Gadhaffi,
Apart from providing social cohesion for the tribe as the symbol of their identity and pride, the palace fullfills an educational role. It educates and grooms the community, the young and the old, and visiting dignitaries in the knowledge, values, language, history, literature, traditions, governance, administration and civil conduct.
The economic role of the palace is crucial to the economic well being of the region. It provides employment for hundreds of people, generates income for the community from its traditional lands and properties, and is a financial provider for the poor and the needy of the kingdom. When restored to its original glory, the palace will, once again, become a tourist attraction, giving Toro international visibility and economic benefit. The economic role of the palace, therefore, contributes greatly to the alleviation of poverty.
Restoration plans call for a structural analysis by a team of structural engineers, who will analyze its structural integrity and assess the feasibility of rehabilitating it. Based on the engineers' assessment and recommendation, the structure will be rehabilitated or totally demolished and razed, to make room for the construction of a new palace. This effort will necessitate the raising of a lot of money; the exact figures to be determined in due course. The Foundation is, therefore, sounding the traditonal distress drum, calling all our friends to rally and support our ongoing appeal for financial support.
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