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Mbarara bull statue in sorry state

The famous statue of a bull that welcomes people to Mbarara town is in a sorry state. The original statue was pulled down during the rehabilitation of the Masaka-Mbarara road three years ago and replaced by another statue.

However, the new statue has already lost one of its horns and legs. The statue is also far from resembling the long-horned Ankole bull.

Tour operators in Mbarara town feel that the new statue doesn't portray its intended purpose and want it replaced or pulled down. Sheilah Ayebare who sells crafts in Mbarara town says the bull is a poor work of art, which explains its current state.

One of the bull's horns almost falling off 

Bright Muhumuza, a resident of Mbarara municipality, says that the current state of the statue is embarrassing. He says the bull means a lot to Mbarara town and the culture of the people in the area.

Muhumuza says the people of Mbarara and greater Ankole area are mainly cattle keepers and the bull was meant to showcase the main economic activity in the area.

Hebert Turyomurugyendo who runs a restaurant in Mbarara town says the bull means a lot to the town's identity and shouldn't be left to look the way it does. He asks the authorities to wake up and stop taking the statue for granted.
 
Mbarara mayor Robert Mugabe Kayebezi concurs with the concerns of the tour operators. He says the municipal leadership is also concerned about the current state of the statue and efforts are underway to ensure that it is pulled down and another one erected.

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+1 #1 Matsiko Kahunga Ben 2018-08-08 11:51
The leadership of Mbarara town( craving to be a city) needs only a five-minute ride to Igongo Cultural Centre, to appreciate valuing culture, its preservation and presentation.

If one man can do so much, how about a whole region of 10 districts? Mbarara is the heart of Nkore/Ankole, thus the bull welcomes you to the land , not simply the town.

We woes of Rusiina started with its murder to give way to a telecom advertising tower( not Masaka-Mbarara Highway as stated here). We raised the issue in the media, but money prevailed.

Now see where we are!!
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+2 #2 rubangakene 2018-08-08 19:42
That is what happens when you leave your day job (looking after cattle) and embark on more lucrative business of government, nothing of which you have any grasp of.

You see things now also begin to fall apart at home when you are "stealing and fattening" on other peoples' land and property elsewhere!
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0 #3 Empayippayi 2018-08-09 16:32
Quoting rubangakene:
That is what happens when you leave your day job (looking after cattle) and embark on more lucrative business of government, nothing of which you have any grasp of.

You see things now also begin to fall apart at home when you are "stealing and fattening" on other peoples' land and property elsewhere!


It doesn't matter. They are all moving out of their place and occupying prime land elsewhere.

They remind me of the Boers of South Africa, except the Boers came from a far more advanced society.
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0 #4 Stewart 2018-08-10 11:06
Empayippayi, you stated and I quote,
" They remind me of the Boers of South Africa, except the Boers came from a far more advanced society". End Quote

You want to say people of that area are so less advanced much as they are trying to acquire land elsewhere??? !!!!

Thanks
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