The Executive director Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), James Musinguzi said the addition of Tigers to the big cat family after decades will help boost tourism both domestically and internationally.
While announcing the re-opening of Entebbe International airport, President Yoweri Museveni announced said that all returning passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before travelling to Uganda.
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.
The district's attractions include the Mapeera site where the first missionaries Amans Delamans and Simeone Loudel constructed the first Catholic Church in Uganda, Nanziri waterfalls and Wanema shrine on Bukasa Island, several caves, the John Speke site in Lutoboka and the Ssese tree. But most of the tourism sites and regalia had been neglected, burying hundreds of years of history in scrubs and ignorance.
The huge number of tourists and travelers prompted marine vessels plying the Kalangala route to increase the number of trips but also carry excess passengers on board. The passenger manifest of MV Kalangala shows that the vessel has been carrying on average 500 people since December 20th, 2019 compared 300 last year. MV Vanessa, which commenced operations this year, also took an average of 162 passengers to Kalangala.
Speaking at the Birding Expo at UWEC, James Musinguzi, the Executive Director of UWEC called for prevention measures which include the drafting of a plan that will ensure wildlife, birding and the habitat are not destroyed by human nature.
Zakayo was in June 1964 found abandoned in Ssemiliki National Park in Bundibugyo, hand raised by a whites until June 9th 1976 when Zakayo was surrendered to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center. At that time the Chimpanzee was becoming aggressive and Difficult to Manage.
Entebbe, Uganda’s first administrative town, holds several historical sites, parks and gardens. They include the first seat of the Ugandan Parliament, Muzinga square and Children's Park, all close to the statehouse, the Botanical Gardens and the freedom tree.
Uganda is considered the World’s Primate Capital for being home to 54 percent of the surviving global Gorilla Population, 8 percent of the global Mammals population and 35 percent of Mammals in the African Continent.
James Musinguzi the UWEC Executive Director urged conservationists to involve in activities that would protect Wildlife to promote tourism, and preserve environment. He says such efforts help in mitigating such wildlife-human conflict.
Richard Okello, the National Executive Commissioner, Uganda Scouting Association, says the facility is severely underutilized. The facility is only utilized during the national scout camping in August and December. Apparently, UPDF uses it to train marine soldiers.
Mabamba Swamp lies in an area that covers about 2,424 hectares on the shoreline of Lake Victoria. It stretches through a narrow bay that meets the shoreline of Lake Victoria in the southern part of Wakiso district. The area is a sanctuary for the shoebill, a bird species that feed on lung fish and It is a common breeding place for lung fish.
James Musinguzi, the UWEC Executive Director, says that the receives close to 110,000 foreign visitors every year. He, however, decried the limited government financing which leaves UWEC to do resource mobilization by itself.
John Ssempebwa, the Deputy Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board says that teaching heritage education, students will have a better appreciation of their heritage. He says that the inter-school history competition is meant to make history and culture more interesting to the young people.