Sat. Jul 13th, 2024
A group photo with CCFU officials at the Alur Kingdom Offices.

A group photo with CCFU officials at the Alur Kingdom Offices.

By Prisca Oroma

Cross Cultural Function Uganda (CCFU) in partnership with the Alur Kingdom and with funding from the British council is set to preserve the endangered cultural site of Wang-lei on river Nile in Puvungu chiefdom.

Wang-lei is where Nyipir and Nyambongo separated and for long it has been ignored yet it has a lot to do with the history of both Alur and Acholi and for the king sitting on the throne, he cannot cross the river unless certain rituals are performed.

Emily Drani the executive director Cross Cultural Foundation said that the five-month project seeks to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and contribute to the preservation of important elements of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Bakhonzo in the Rwenzori and Alur in Junam.

“In the past couple of years, the foundation has noted with concern the negative effects of climate change on Uganda’s natural and cultural heritage, in particular the glaciers (snow) on Rwenzori mountains and the threat to Wang- lei of the Alur People and the British Council has given us over 38 million shillings for this project.” She said.

However, Rt.Hon. Vincent Ochaya The prime minister Alur Kingdom said there is a need to involve all stakeholders and the local community at the inception of the project so there is continuity even after the project closure.

 “It has been difficult to preserve these cultural sites mainly due to conflict of interest yet all of them are interconnected therefore the kingdom needs to document and preserve these sites like Lojudongo, Amurpi among others because they are significant in the history of Alur people” he said.

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