Uganda To Package Dark Tourism

Tourists visit Idi Amin’s Torture Chambers or Lubiri Palace, in Kampala

Uganda is remarkably one of Africa’s countries that you should count a must to visit this coming holiday. When it comes to African safaris, not only is this country known for its wildlife but also for its historical sites. Historically, Uganda has had a number of leaders and Idi Amin is one of kind leaders this country has had. He became a president in 1971. He is known for his brutal leadership that claimed, tortured and imprisoned over 100000 to 500000 people and he established the torture chamber in the grounds of Buganda Lubiri Palace which was initially set up for keeping most of the weapons and ammunition and amazingly, the chamber has become ideal site for guided tours in Uganda.

In order to increase on tourist attractions in the country, government has unveiled a plan to set up a war museum that will be displaying more about the colonial era wars and more history about late president Idi Amin as well as those of the Lord’s Resistance Army. This will offer Ugandans opportunity to view the scenes of Amin’s 8 year rule and this will serve as dark tourism and this is intended to enhance on the number of tourists. Uganda is among a few most endowed countries and largely known for its primates, freshwater Lakes, wildlife species and several freshwater Lakes. The tourism sector in Uganda contributes over 1.3 billion dollars each year and there are also plans to partner other states like Japan, Rwanda, Cambodia, Germany and many more that are popular for dark tourism. The war museum is spearheaded by some army generals in the ruling NRM that fought in the Luwero Triangle guerilla war which led President Yoweri Museveni into power in 1986.

Idi Amin declared himself president for life, conqueror of the British Empire and last king of Scotland and he passed on in Saudi Arabia in 2003. However, he didn’t face any justice for brutality. Around 1972, over 70000 Asian citizens were forced to leave Uganda and their properties were taken up. This brought lots of criticism from the Africa and international community. He also brought soldiers as far as Zaire, Sudan and Libya during his rule.

In conclusion, like any leader, Amin equally left both positive and negative impacts during his reign. Setting up a museum will however help future generations learn more about his leadership and historical background. It will also attract more tourists who are interested in exploring his history and thus boost on the country’s tourism sector.


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