As paradoxical as it may seem, for the Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, the poor quality of the roads attracts more tourists than it rejects them. And Henry Okello Oryem has reasons.
“For us in Uganda, a bad road is the basis of complaints. But for tourists from wealthy countries who have never been stuck on the wrong track, pushing a car through the mud can be part of the tourism experience, « Oryem said on Tuesday.
It was during a speech in parliament to defend « next year’s budget framework document », as reported by New Vision, a pro-government daily.
In other words, it is not quagmires or crumbling works which will be able to prevent tourists from coming to admire the splendours of Uganda qualified as « pearl of Africa ».
This is the case of the Rwenzori Mountains, the sources of the Nile and a magnificent variety of fauna composed of species endemic to the Great Lakes region, including the mountain gorilla.
Experts estimate that in Uganda tourism accounts for almost 50% of national revenues.