Impala, gorilla monuments to cost KCCA Shs 400m

Impala, gorilla monuments to cost KCCA Shs 400m
KCCA and UWA officials. Courtesy Photo.

KCCA, working in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), plans to erect monuments of the impala and the oldest silver-Back gorilla, some of the country’s iconic animals.

The oldest silver-back gorilla, Ruhondeza, is the leader of the first habituated gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, and the impalas, from which Kampala derived its name, are medium-sized antelopes, which roamed the capital city’s swamps and hills before independence.

The gorilla statue will be erected at Colline House, Pilkington road in Kampala, while that of the impala will be erected at Jubilee House, in front of City Hall, the headquarters of KCCA. Each of the monuments will cost Shs 200 million.

Andrew Sseguya, the executive director of Uganda Wildlife Authority, said the monuments will highlight Uganda’s history, promote tourism in the capital and tell the story of the kind of animals Uganda has in its national parks.

Uganda is home to over 35,000 impalas and more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, according to UWA records. The severely endangered species now has an estimated population of about 880 left in the wild and none in zoos; of these, at least 480 are in Uganda.

KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi said Uganda needs to identify with its wildlife. Musisi said the investment in the monuments will motivate more tourists to visit the parks.

The construction of the monuments, to be done by Nile Comrades group of companies, is expected to last three and a half years.