Kiwa Cultural group performs at the official launch of the Rwenzori Theluji Festival in Kasese District (Credit: David Isabirye)

2022 Rwenzori Theluji Festival:

  • 1st – 4th September: Tourism Expo
  • 1st – 4th September: Greening Kasese
  • 2nd – 3rd September: Kasese Carnival
  • 3rd September: Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon
  • 3rd September: Miss Tourism Rwenzori (Grand Finale)
  • 2nd – 4th September: Rwenzori Trade Investment Convention & Expo
  • 4th September: Round Table (KTIF Grounds)

From the leafy compound of Hotel Margherita (named after highest peak of the gigantic Rwenzori mountains) in Kasese, a scenic view of the ranges could be envisaged as the annual Rwenzori Theluji festival was being officially launched.

Sharp sounds emitted from the drums, horns and xylophones of Kiwa cultural group spiced up the mood.

Kiwa cultural group performed the Endara and Oluhusumba traditional dances to liven up the environment.

For the second year now in succession, the annual Rwenzori Theluji (ice) festival will be happening in the tourism district of Kasese.

Group photo for the Rwenzori Theluji Festival (Credit: David Isabirye)

This four-day festival has been lit up by a series of activities ranging from the Tourism expo, re-greening drives, carnival, marathon, round table discussion, beauty pageant as well as the trade investment convention and expo.

On 1st to 4th September, the tourism expo will open up the way alongside the greening Kasese drive.

These will be followed by the Kasese Carnival (2nd to 3rd September), Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon (3rd September), Miss Tourism Rwenzori (Grand Finale),

Rwenzori Trade Investment Convention & Expo (2nd – 4th September) and end up Round Table discussion (4th September 2022).

Amos Wekesa and Elizabeth Mutamuliza Nsubuga addressing the media in Kasese (Credit: David Isabirye)

Addressing the media at Hotel Margherita, Amos Wekesa, the chairperson of the event steering committee confessed it has taken them five years to bring on board their paper-work ideas to reality.

Wekesa was flanked by his deputy Eng. Gabriel Fataki, Elizabeth Mutamuliza Nsubuga (brand manager Premium beers at Uganda Breweries Limited), Robert Kabushega, Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner Matte Magwara and the Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Frigo Kambale.

Wekesa was flanked by his deputy Eng. Gabriel Fataki, Elizabeth Mutamuliza Nsubuga (brand manager Premium beers at Uganda Breweries Limited), Robert Kabushega, Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner Matte Magwara and the Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Frigo Kambale.

Group photo at the launch of the Rwenzori Theluji Festival (Credit: David Isabirye)

The Rwenzori Theluji Festival is well packaged with the tourism Expo, greening Kasese, Kasese Carnival, Tusker Lite Rwenzori Marathon, Miss Tourism Rwenzori (Grand Finale), Rwenzori Trade Investment Convention & Expo as well as round table discussions. This is not a one off event but shall be an annual event.

Eng. Gabriel Fataki, Vice Chairperson, Rwenzori Festival

Rwenzori Mountains has a potential of generating one billion shillings per year. Rwenzori is the Garden of Eden for Uganda every single drop of water that irrigates Uganda comes from. The Rwenzori Theluji festival is here to promote tourism alongside cultural diversity. As part of the festival, we are organizing a Tusker Lite Mount Rwenzori marathon where we expect over 3000 runners including international runners.

Amos Wekesa, Chairperson Rwenzori Festival

As Uganda Breweries Limited, we are humbled to join hands with organizers of the Rwenzori Theluji festival particularity for the Tusker Lite Mount Rwenzori Marathon that will be happening on 3rd September 2022. Unlike the previous runs and marathons we have engaged in, we are here to transform the lives of the people of Kasese through the Tusker Lite marathon.

Elizabeth Mutamuliza, Brand manager Premium Beers – Uganda Breweries Limited
Hon Frigo Kambale addressing at the official launch of the Rwenzori Theluji Festival flanked by Eng. Gabriel Fataki, Vice Chairperson, Rwenzori Festival
(Credit: David Isabirye)

As a local leader, I am humbled that the Rwenzori Theluji festival is here. The growth of tourism in Kasese district is purely embedded along the Rwenzori mountains. I will accord all the necessary support to the organizing team.

Hon. Frigo Kambale, MP Kasese Municipality

We are grateful to the team for generating this great idea. As a country and the district, we ought to invest in tourism. We have a task of popularizing tourism in the Rwenzori regions. Our docket assures maximum security throughout the festival days to ensure smooth progress throughout and safety of the people (local and domestic).

Matte Magwara, Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) – Kasese District

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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