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.
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.