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Rwanda: Rwf2.8 Billion Project Set to Boost Nyanza Cultural Tourism Ambitions

Nyanza District and Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy (RCHA) are keen on mobilising resources to set up a Rwf2.8 billion facility, aimed at bolstering tourism receipts.

Expropriation to pave the way for the construction of Nyanza Cultural Village had started before the Covid-19 outbreak, but the pandemic has since slowed the process.

The project, which seeks to transform Rwanda’s cultural hub, will be set up on nine hectares close to Nyamagana pond.

The pond is said to have been launched by King Mutara III Rudahigwa in collaboration with a Belgian agronomist known as Dubois in the days that followed the infamous 1943/44 Ruzagayura famine. It was part of the irrigation scheme meant to avoid similar famine outbreaks in future. It was also utilised for fish farming.

“The cultural village will have many components including infrastructure that demonstrates the Rwandan culture,” Erasme Ntazinda, the Nyanza District Mayor, told The New Times on Wednesday.

The project plan comprises of infrastructure that reflects the diversity of the Rwandan culture including theatres, restaurants and lodges.

“We’ll also set up a botanical garden with various herbal plants that were used to different diseases in ancient Rwanda,” Ntazinda said.

Many tourists are interested in knowing Rwanda’s cultural heritage, he said.

He added that a booming tourism industry would support other businesses in the district.

“We are still mobilising the resources for constructing the cultural hub… the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted progress,” he said.

Expansion of King’s Palace

The King’s Palace (Urukari) will also be expanded, the Mayor disclosed.

With entertainment infrastructure, he said, the district will be able to get a big area to host festivals usually held at the King’s Palace (Urukari) in Nyanza

The King’s Mutara III Rudahigwa’s Palace offers a detailed look into the Rwandan monarchical system and its abolition in the early 1960s due to colonialism.

Under the reign of king Musinga V Yuhi in 1889, Nyanza became the royal capital of the country.

The palace is currently home to traditional items, long-horned royal cows “Inyambo” that form an integral part of the Rwanda Culture.

The cows were initially the King’s symbol of prestige.