Crime & Investigation

2 Tree Climbing Lions Killed In Kanungu


here geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While presiding over the conclusion of Kinkizi Tourism Awareness Week in Kihihi Town on Friday, website Mbabazi said the measure would discourage the communities from harming or killing wildlife. He, here however said it would have to be agreed on by the local leadership and the communities.

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Residents in Kanungu district recently killed two tree climbing lions, a rare world species only found in Tanzania and Bwindi National Park but has been fetching over Shs 100m in tourism revenue annually for Uganda.

Jerked by the mishap, Mbabazi said government was devising ways to enable humans live harmoniously with wildlife and encourage growth of tourism revenue, 30 percent of which was always channeled to communities neighbouring protected areas.

“We have 11 percent of the world bird concentration and 60 percent of the remaining mountain gorillas are found here,” Mbabazi said. “Communities should be compensated from the 30 percent revenue that the Uganda Wildlife Authority remits to communities.”

Flanked by Arua gazelle Dorcus Inzikuru, the world winner of an array of gold, silver and bronze medals, Mbabazi said apart from games and sports Uganda was marketed by tourism, out of which the country earned over US$1bn (over Shs 2.5tn) annually.

Inzikuru is currently training four athletes that she picked from Kanungu district when she camped there in preparation for her international engagements early this year. She promised to take another 10 for similar training next year.

The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Dr Maria Emily Lubega Mutagamba appealed to communities to fight litter of plastics and polythene, as part of environmental conservation efforts. She said the environment was the driver of tourism.

Mutagamba asked the Uganda Wildlife Authority to offer preferential rates for domestic tourists in the country’s national parks as part of a programme to nurture community ownership of the national assets.

Dr Chris Baryomunsi, Member of Parliament for Kinkizi East, said road infrastructure in Kigezi region was already being fixed as part of the tourism sector development plan, with several bridge repair contracts already awarded to Chinese firms this financial year.

Prime Minister Mbabazi launched the annual Tourism Marathon by pledging Shs 1m to the fastest runner, before flagging off a horde of runners.

The event was organized by the Kinkizi Tourism Club, led by Abdu Muhiire, sponsored by partners.


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