KAMPALA-The Omukama of Toro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru ii has called upon all individuals from various parts of the country to jealousy protect the environment because Climate change is not just a distant threat; it is affecting our environment right here, right now.
“The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme adverse weather events, such as storms, droughts, and floods, are clear indicators of the impact we are facing. Our rivers are drying up, biodiversity is declining, and ecosystems are under immense pressure. We must take responsibility, as custodians of this Earth, to protect and preserve what remains.” remarked Oyo
at the Premiering ceremony of his documentary “King Oyo Royal Rwenzori Mountain expedition” at International University of East Africa (IUEA).
The Omukama who is also a practicing Conservationist, advocated for the promotion of responsible Tourism, both domestic and internationally, within Tooro Kingdom and Uganda as a benchmark because Tourism doesn’t only brings economic prosperity but also plays a vital role in raising awareness about the importance of preserving our natural heritage.
“I believe that through responsible Tourism, we can inspire visitors to become active participants in conservation efforts and sustainable practices. Immediate action is therefore needed, particularly in tree planting initiatives and the conservation of existing natural reserves since trees are the Earth’s lungs,absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, and their loss contributes significantly to climate change.”
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Oyo noted that although he received a number of challenges before participating in the mountain climbing exercise, this didn’t stop him from focusing on his long term goal of reaching Margherita.
“Before I could prepare for going up, I had a very welcomed surprise visit by an Italian Expedition Team which had aborted the mission due to the prevalent snow storm. I remained resolute knowing that God brought me this far and it was Him whom I would rely to reach the top.”
He added that with perseverance , team work and determination, they finally made it to the top of Mt Rwenzori , what he described as the most beautiful thing he has ever done thus getting into history of a few people tlwho have made it to that location.
“At this marvellous land mark – 16,000 feet above sea level. A height where some aircraft are not certified to fly.I had made it to the place that I once dreamed of as a child; to climb the majestic Rwenzori Mountain! Was it a sweet victory?”
The king thanked all those who supported him ,his team in the process of climbing the mountain , that its because of them that whole exercise was a success.
“Lastly but in no means least; I wish to warmly thank His Excellency Ambassador Hassan Alwi, the Board of the International University of East Africa (IUEA) and the Planning Committee for making tonight such a resounding success. Ambassador Alwi is a man of few words and lots of action.On hearing of my decision to Premiere in Kampala, Ambassador Alwi immediately availed himself and a full team to support this effort.”
Hon.Martin Mugarura Bahinduka,the minister of state for tourism, stated that if the Omukama’s message is heard and implemented , it will help in conserving the glaciers at the top of Mountain Rwenzori even by 2050 which will save the lives of people in the nearby communities.
Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa, the vice-Chancellor of IUEA at the same event revealed that they have entered into partnership with Toro Kingdom to launch a ground breaking
Initiative called transformative
Agricultural technology that aims to
Revolutionalize farming practices in the
The event attracted dignitaries from various cultural institutions in Uganda, Ambassadors, Government officials, Students and the members from the general public.