Nov 6, 2007
Author: Carol Natukunda & Kyomuhendo Muhanga, New Vision

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, yesterday opened a computerised information center in Kikorongo village, Kasese district.

The telecentre, constructed with the support of the British High Commission, will serve as the training facility in which the local people learn how to use computers and access information that can help them to improve their lives.

It is located about 16km from Kasese town, next to the Queen's Pavilion in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Prince Philip, who had last visited Uganda in 1954, arrived at Kasese airfield at 1:00 pm aboard a private plane. He was received by the tourism minister, Serapio Rukundo and district officials.

Business came at a standstill, as thousands of people thronged the streets to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth's husband. They clapped and waved the British and Ugandan flags, as the duke headed to the national park.

"Finally, we can feel that this is CHOGM," a middle aged man remarked. "Now I can confirm that the park was named after the Queen, otherwise he wouldn't have come," another cut in.

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, a local NGO that manages the centre in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said the telecentre would enable the local people communicate with the outside world. "People can also use this chance to sell their craft to tourists, who will be coming to check their email here," Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka added.

At 2:30, the duke was driven to Mweya safari lodge, where he dined with some community leaders.

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