Uganda can take lessons from South Africa to transform Luwero triangle.
Luwero triangle was the battle field of the 1986 war that is said to have restored democracy in Uganda, the people of Luwero can tell the story of how they suffered, lost their animals and crops, but the region continues to lag behind in terms of prosperity, poor road network, and electricity.
The hundreds of skulls that are always displayed to showcase how the people of Luwero were killed during the war, can be turned into a tourist attraction by turning the site into a museum; this can transform Luwero due to the number of people visiting the site.
Cropping from South Africa, nowhere can the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy be told as it is at the Constitution Hill. This national heritage site has witnessed a century of South Africa’s history. From rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers, to the youths caught up in the Soweto Uprising, to the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa’s new Constitutional Court.
At the height of apartheid rule, up to 2000 black South Africans were processed through its entrance daily. Struggle stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Luthuli, Robert Sobukwe and Nelson Mandela spent many cold, lonely hours in the cells reserved for black males.
The site has now been transformed into a modern, living museum dedicated to human rights.
The Constitutional Hill is now a human rights precinct and a world-class heritage tourist attraction incorporating cultural, historical, artistic, educational and recreational spaces that celebrate South Africa’s ability to negotiate a peaceful, miraculous democracy out of bloody oppression.
It is also the home of the South African Constitutional Court, which was opened in March 2004.
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This was written by Edwin Mamuto from metropolitan republic