After rolex, Uganda now to launch luwombo

A serving of chicken Luwombo photo by Agnes Kyotalengerire

A serving of chicken Luwombo photo by Agnes Kyotalengerire


After successfully launching the Kampala Rolex Festival as a national event, Ugandan is now planning to launch a “luwomobo” festival to reportedly boost tourism.

The launch of rolex, a traditional delicacy that started as roadside snack compromising of eggs and a chapatti, has since attracted severe criticism.

Appearing on NBS morning breeze Wednesday, State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, unveiled a plan to even launch another special Ugandan food recipe-luwombo.

Oluwombo or luwombo is a traditional dish originally a royal dish for Buganda monarchs in central Uganda.

According to internet sources, luwombo was originally created in 1887 by the personal chef of Kabaka Mwanga, then King of Buganda Kingdom at the end of the nineteenth century.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago get down on a table of Luwombo

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago get down on a table of Luwombo

It has become to be known as one of the best flavours of sub-Saharan African cuisine in terms of authenticity and originality.

The king’s chef used a banana leaf cooking method to cook together meat and smoked fish.

The dish can be prepared with beef, chicken, pork or goat, some of the very popular meat [s] in Africa.

Why luwombo?

Minister Kiwanda, in his response to critics, says this is not about just ‘rolex’ or ‘luwombo’ but tourism as a whole.

“We have to accept. The budget I have is for the tourism sector in which the rolex (chapati + eggs) is categorised,” he said.

Wrapped Chicken luwombo

Wrapped Chicken luwombo

He added: “We are giving rolex a face value. Many corporates have been buying rolexes & eat them from their cars while hiding.”

Kiwanda promised to also launch ‘Luwombo’ so people can be familiar with food tourism.

“One day I’m also going to launch ‘Luwombo’ and I want people to be familiar with food tourism,” the minister was serious.

He said there was need to work with private sectors to boost tourism, clarifying that government didn’t even inject a coin in the launch of rolex.

He went on: “Next week I’m launching a ‘#WeekendEscape’, Ugandan must travel around the country every weekend.”

In a biting critique, Presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, wonders how a country can launch rolex and luwombo while other countries are going to the moon.

Luwombo is a delicacy at traditional weddings

“People are going to the moon, you are praising yourselves because of ‘rolex’. How many tonnes of rolex have been exported out of Uganda? Can we also add rolex to AGOA [The African Growth and Opportunity Act]?” Mirundi queried.

In the same light, lawyer, Human rights activist, Sarah Bireete, wondered whether a rolex and luwombo was President Yoweri Museveni’s biggest achievement in his first 100 days in office.

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