Nov 20, 2009
Author: Felix Basiime, Daily Monitor

The Duke of Edinburgh has launched the Conservation Through Public Health Telecentre in Queen Elizabeth National Park at Kikorongo in Kasese District.

The centre was launched on Friday in the presence of State Minister for Tourism Sarapio Rukundo. The Duke, whose plane touched ground at Kasese airfield at 12:50pm under tight security, was quickly driven off to Kikorongo where he had lunch and launched the telecentre by sending the first official email.

After the launch, the Duke was driven to Mweya Safari. He was impressed by the work done at the refurbished centre which has been mainly funded by the British High Commission.

According to the head of the centre, Dr. Gladys Kalema Zikusoka, Founder and CEO, Conservation Through Public Health, the centre will offer ICT facilities, raise revenue from its coffee and crafts shops. He said the money will be used by the centre to promote public health and veterinary activities among the communities around the park.

"The Duke was very impressed by the centre and said he will sell the idea of the centre world wide for support," the Duke said. Residents lined the roads to welcome the Duke. "We are very happy for having hosted the Duke," said the LC5 chairman, Rev. Canon Julius Kithaghenda.

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