The sector came to a standstill in March after President Yoweri Museveni announced the closure of all borders, together with Entebbe International Airport, followed by the suspension of both private and public transport, business premises and any form of public gatherings.
Lodge owners and tourism operators have appealed to the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda to consider clear accessibility of the Euro 6 million grant (25.2 billion Shillings) that was recently extended to support the private tourism sector.
Tourism is one of Uganda’s top foreign exchange-earners with annual receipts of USD 1.6 billion brought in by 1.8 million tourists according to the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB). Out of the 1.8 million tourists, 1.3 million are foreigners while 500,000 are local tourists.
The project is part of a bigger USD 1.3 million (4.8 billion Shillings) three-year program for Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. It also covers the training of judicial and law enforcement officers in both countries, the installation and supply of camera traps inside the park and specialized training of wildlife crime analysts.
In October last year, Watoto Church Limited through Symbion Uganda Limited, a multinational architectural firm submitted an architectural design to the Directorate of Physical Planning at Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA for redevelopment of Watoto Church.
Steven Masaba the Director for Tourism at UWA says each sculpture shall contain information regarding a specific National Park for which it is a signature animal. For instance, the Lion known for Queen Elizabeth Park shall bare information about Queen Elizabeth park.
The Wildlife Crime Report 2020, which was released this afternoon points out that the poachers have increasingly threatened pangolins, birds, turtles, tigers and bears which are poached from their natural habitat, butchered and sold illegally.
John Muhangi, the Warden Law Enforcement and Security in Queen Elizabeth National park, says they are cognizant that most game animals have found alternative routes, which they use to stray into communities where they wreak havoc.
According to Muluwe, the baboon entered their barracks in the morning while they were attending the routine parade and attacked the infant killing him instantly. He says rangers later pursued the primate and killed it.
The Park's Chief Warde Pontius Ezuma says that the park is currently witnessing an increase in the wildlife population. He attributes the increase to some of the measures that were put in place to control the spread of coronavirus disease.
Magyezi said that the goal to extend services closer to the people and improve their general standards of living, will not be achieved if their leaders are incompetent and dishonest. He was speaking at the launch of Fort Portal city on Thursday.
The accused, Captain Peter Mweebwe is who works in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park reportedly shot his nephew after he accused him of allegedly taking cow dung from his kraal to use it as manure in his plantation without his consent.
UWEC Managing Director James Musinguzi says that the ban on impromptu visits to the centre will enable better planning, enforcing social distancing within the centre, and limit the number of visitors at a given time. Visitors will also not be allowed to interact with wildlife, especially animals and will only be allowed on condition that they make cashless payments.
Joel Aita, a consulting Engineer and proprietor Development infrastructure says the monument will comprise a six-meter bronze coated Leopard Statue, a digital advertising platform and a city clock tower.
Three of the cages have been totally submerged. The affected reptiles include two Egyptian cobras, three vipers, six pythons, an unspecified number of chameleons, four monitor lizards and other wild animals such as monkeys that are stuck in their cages.
The four, suspected to have poached from Katonga Wildlife Reserve have been identified as Bishonga John Bosco, Mutungi Benjamin, Akili Felix, and Alibariho Godwin. They were arrested from Buhembe Village, in Burunga Sub-county.