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Mwesigwa says they are still facing a challenge from communities neighboring the park who encroach on the park with their animals.
The Head Tourism Police Department , Frank Mwesigwa

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At least 4000 police officers are needed to effectively police all the national parks and tourism hotel across the country, URN has learnt.

Frank Mwesigwa, the Head of Tourism Police Unit, says there are currently 1000 officers in the unit, which affects the operations of the unit.

He says this has forced the unit to deploy fewer officers in national parks and tourism hotels that exposes them to risk.

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Mwesigwa says they are still facing a challenge from communities neighboring the park who encroach on the park with their animals.

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Eng. Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, the Chairperson Kigezi Tourism Cluster, says the short fall of officers has greatly affected the growth of the tourism sector.  He says there is need to recruit and deploy more officers. 

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In April this year, unidentified people poisoned 11 lions at Hamukungu fishing village in Queen Elizabeth national park.

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