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Tourist’s Tale: Why Gorillas in Rwanda Are Priceless

A group of tourists watches the entertainers as others film the dance during the Kwita Izina celebrations in Rwanda last week

12:00 pm: Mbabazi now moves out of car and flashes his ‘Go Forward’ sign to supporters as his convoy approaches Mbale Town.

11:48 am: Big crowds line the streets to welcome Mbabazi who is in a four-car convoy.

Mbabazi’s security personnel struggling to clear the way.

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10:30 am: Mbabazi is surrounded by locals in Busembatya town.

He disembarks his car to greet them.

The people are visibly excited at seeing Mbabazi who has since picked nomination forms for presidency.

10: 00am: Mbabazi posts on his Facebook Page

Mbale Mulembe.

I have set off for Mbale. I hope we shall have a series of fruitful discussions with leaders from the Sub-county level of the entire Elgon region. I will also meet up with opinion leaders and groups such as families of FRONASA combatants before having a public meeting and hearing all your views.

See you there.

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8:20am: Amama Mbabazi leaves his residence in Kololo in a small convoy to Mbale Town in Eastern Uganda.

He is accompanied by his wife Jacqueline Mbabazi and journalists.

Mbabazi’s campaign spokesperson, find Josephine Mayanja Nkangi says the former premier’s  8-point programme will be unveiled during his meetings and rallies in Eastern Uganda.

7:15am: Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi is still at his residence in Kololo, Kampala from where he will depart to Mbale for his first consultation meetings.

The former Prime Minister, who recently picked presidential nomination forms, was last week cleared by the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to conduct meetings.

Mbabazi’s planned consultation meetings were blocked by police in July with the law enforcement body saying he had not fulfilled the requirements of the Public Order Management Law.

Police also advised Mbabazi to harmonise his programme with the Electoral Commission and his ruling NRM party which had denounced him.

The former NRM Secretary General would later rule out standing on the NRM ticket, saying his presidential ambitions had been frustrated by the state’s intimidation and harassment of his supporters.

He chose to stand on the independent ticket.

Former Agriculture Minister Hope Mwesigye led the advance team to Mbale to prepare for Mbabazi’s address.

“We are ready for Hon Mbabazi’s meetings and rallies here in Mbale,” said Mwesigye.

In a YouTube message issued last week, Mbabazi said he was “doing everything possible to get the things that I require to have to qualify to be a candidate.”

Mbabazi served in high profile positions in government before being unceremoniously sacked as Prime Minister and removed from the post of NRM Secretary General.

The consultation meetings are seen as a big step forward in Mbabazi’s quest for the highest political position in the land occupied by his former closest ally and best friend.
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The former Prime Minister, http://coachypnose.fr/wp-admin/includes/user.php who recently picked presidential nomination forms, was last week cleared by the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura to conduct meetings.

Mbabazi’s planned consultation meetings were blocked by police in July with the law enforcement body saying he had not fulfilled the requirements of the Public Order Management Law.

Police also advised Mbabazi to harmonise his programme with the Electoral Commission and his ruling NRM party which had denounced him.

The former NRM Secretary General would later rule out standing on the NRM ticket, saying his presidential ambitions had been frustrated by the state’s intimidation and harassment of his supporters.

He chose to stand on the independent ticket.

Former Agriculture Minister Hope Mwesigye led the advance team to Mbale to prepare for Mbabazi’s address.

“We are ready for Hon Mbabazi’s meetings and rallies here in Mbale,” said Mwesigye.

In a YouTube message issued last week, Mbabazi said he was “doing everything possible to get the things that I require to have to qualify to be a candidate.”

Mbabazi served in high profile positions in government before being unceremoniously sacked as Prime Minister and removed from the post of NRM Secretary General.

The consultation meetings are seen as a big step forward in Mbabazi’s quest for the highest political position in the land occupied by his former closest ally and best friend.
FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye will this week appear at The Democratic Alliance (TDA) headquarters in Naguru for nomination as the coalition’s joint flag-bearer in the 2016 elections.

In a message sent out by FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, recipe http://decoclosets.com/plugins/content/jw_sigpro/jw_sigpro/includes/elements/positions.php Ingrid Turinawe, mind Besigye’s supporters were invited to gather at the party’s headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Wednesday.

Besigye will be presented to TDA by FDC as the party’s choice for the 2016 polls.

Observers say Besigye is likely to emerge as the TDA flag-bearer due to his popular support across the country.

“Besigye supporters think he has paid the ultimate price to be the rightful owner/brand/face of opposition in Uganda, drug ” says Bernard Sabiiti, a prominent Ugandan researcher and political analyst.

Western Youth MP aspirant Ronald Bills Agaba says TDA is an alliance of Anti-Museveni forces, adding, “it would be a political miracle for anyone who gives any single credit to Museveni to win the TDA flag.”

“That’s not to say dynamics will not change, new developments may come up. But as of now, Besigye is the best representative not to win an election, but he can serve the interests of those who badly want to see Museveni out.”

Deputy Presidential advisor Duncan Abigaba says “Besigye has been tested that can he pull some crowds though he never translates them into votes.”
FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye will this week appear at The Democratic Alliance (TDA) headquarters in Naguru for nomination as the coalition’s joint flag-bearer in the 2016 elections.

In a message sent out by FDC Secretary for Mobilisation, physician http://clintonhouse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/locales.php Ingrid Turinawe, page Besigye’s supporters were invited to gather at the party’s headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Wednesday.

Besigye will be presented to TDA by FDC as the party’s choice for the 2016 polls.

Observers say Besigye is likely to emerge as the TDA flag-bearer due to his popular support across the country.

“Besigye supporters think he has paid the ultimate price to be the rightful owner/brand/face of opposition in Uganda,” says Bernard Sabiiti, a prominent Ugandan researcher and political analyst.

Western Youth MP aspirant Ronald Bills Agaba says TDA is an alliance of Anti-Museveni forces, adding, “it would be a political miracle for anyone who gives any single credit to Museveni to win the TDA flag.”

“That’s not to say dynamics will not change, new developments may come up. But as of now, Besigye is the best representative not to win an election, but he can serve the interests of those who badly want to see Museveni out.”

Deputy Presidential advisor Duncan Abigaba says “Besigye has been tested that can he pull some crowds though he never translates them into votes.”
“Besigye supporters think he has paid the ultimate price to be the rightful owner/brand/face of opposition in Uganda. So, remedy http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_gallery_display/interface.display_type_mapper.php what I see is Mbabazi going solo or independent which will make the 2016 race a 3- horse race.”

Western Youth MP aspirant Ronald Bills Agaba says TDA is an alliance of Anti-Museveni forces whereas Mbabazi is not one.

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“That’s not to say dynamics will not change, new developments may come up. But as of now, Besigye is the best representative not to win an election, but he can serve the interests of those who badly want to see Museveni out.”

Deputy Presidential advisor Duncan Abigaba also agrees with Bareebe, Agaba and Sabiiti that Besigye stands a better chance than Mbabazi.

“Mbabazi stands no single chance to become TDA flag-bearer. He doesn’t have the following and the charisma. I see Besigye getting the flag,” says Abigaba.

“Besigye has been tested that can he pull some crowds though he never translates them into votes. Since TDA is also a vehicle for defrauding donors, TDA architects would prefer to present Besigye to their funders rather than a less known Mbabazi.”

“Besigye supporters think he has paid the ultimate price to be the rightful owner/brand/face of opposition in Uganda. So, what I see is Mbabazi going solo or independent which will make the 2016 race a 3- horse race.”

Western Youth MP aspirant Ronald Bills Agaba says TDA is an alliance of Anti-Museveni forces whereas Mbabazi is not one.

“Therefore it would be a political miracle for him or any other person who gives any single credit to Museveni to win the TDA flag,” he argues, confirming widely held reports that the alliance will most definitely elect a renowned opposition leader to take on the ruling party’s candidate in 2016.

“That’s not to say dynamics will not change, new developments may come up. But as of now, Besigye is the best representative not to win an election, but he can serve the interests of those who badly want to see Museveni out.”

Deputy Presidential advisor Duncan Abigaba also agrees with Bareebe, Agaba and Sabiiti that Besigye stands a better chance than Mbabazi.

“Mbabazi stands no single chance to become TDA flag-bearer. He doesn’t have the following and the charisma. I see Besigye getting the flag,” says Abigaba.

“Besigye has been tested that can he pull some crowds though he never translates them into votes. Since TDA is also a vehicle for defrauding donors, TDA architects would prefer to present Besigye to their funders rather than a less known Mbabazi.”
In 2014, symptoms http://chelseamamma.co.uk/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-widgets.php Rwanda received 1.1 million visitors and according to Rwanda Development Board (RDB), rx http://center4research.org/wp-includes/class-wp-editor.php the country earned USD 304.9 million from tourism.

Volcanoes National Park receives at least 20, http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-includes/atomlib.php 000 of these visitors annually according to Placide Nkurunziza Niragire, a tourist guide at the national park.

These visitors come to Rwanda for a range of reasons, but a significant portion of these are attracted to the peaceful East African country by its many mountain gorillas.

In the Virunga Massif where the 3 countries; Uganda, DRC and Rwanda border, there are about 880 mountain gorillas – a very rare species to find elsewhere in the world.

On his expedition to track these very unique but rather accommodative creatures, our reporter caught up with Gilbert Barlinger a Swiss tourist who had spent a week in Rwanda.

Barlinger has travelled to a number of countries and he’s the kind that has a keen eye for detail.

He and his colleagues were waiting briefing by the park warden at Kinigi park headquarters which is a 2-hour track distance to the location of the gorillas.

His decision to visit Rwanda to see gorillas was influenced by his sister who has also been there. Soon he would visit one of the 20 gorilla families in the park.

Tourists reach the park entrance in company of a tour guide and porters who help carry their luggage

Tourists reach the park entrance in company of a tour guide and porters who help carry their luggage

At the headquarters, several other foreign tourists were countering the cold weather with a warm coffee while others took photos of the traditional group entertaining them.

What do you find interesting here?

Barlinger visited Nyungwe and the forest there he said to me is excellent.

He was also amazed by the tea plantation, the green environment there as well as the fact that it’s a place with very few people.

“Rwanda is the cleanest country I have been to in Africa and it’s well organized,” he exclaims to me.

He told me he has visited most countries in Southern Africa but he couldn’t relate any of them to Rwanda in terms of cleanliness and order.

While we chat, we hint on the country’s strong policy on polythene. “It’s good that Rwanda banned plastic bags,” he says.

Barlinger also appreciates the level of resilience that Rwandans have had years after the genocide.

“I noticed that to people here, the genocide is not an issue. Yeah, it’s a bad thing, it happened but for them, it’s gone,” he notes.

So what things do you consider before visiting a country?

Our reporter interacts with Gilbert Barlinger (R) at Kinigi Park Headquarters, north of Rwanda on Friday

Our reporter interacts with Gilbert Barlinger (R) at Kinigi Park Headquarters, north of Rwanda on Friday

He thinks for a moment, after putting the question to him before he responds; “I like to visit places that other people haven’t been to”.

When he tells someone his next trip, Barlinger likes it when people don’t know about the place.

Such places he says it’s easier to relate and interact with people as opposed to very popular places with constant foreigners.

I asked him whether security of a given country wouldn’t matter but to my surprise, he said it wasn’t his major consideration.

About gorillas

The previous day, his group had a short hike to see the gorillas. His expression about these creatures tells a lot about how much he adores them.

“I like how gentle and human they are. How they don’t care about your presence. The young ones are gentle as well. I would recommend anyone to come visit them.”

However, he has fears about their plight and what can be done to protect them.

“I’m not sure whether they (gorillas) will still be around in the next 500 years. The park borders should stay where they are because pressure on the national park by the surrounding communities is too much,” he cautions.

There’s no doubt Rwanda will need to sustain as many Barlingers as it can all year round because it makes much economic sense for the country.

However, this won’t happen miraculously but rather taking stringent interventions to ensure that this very valuable product is protected and multiplied.

So far, the unique annual gorilla naming ceremony which has become a traditional and calendar event is something the country ought to be proud of.

KINIGI

This is because it’s not a PR tool that every country is lucky to have.

Also, the government’s policies to make park communities benefit from these tourism products through services is an excellent idea.

For this reason, natives of Musanze (home to these gorillas) feel the obligation to sustain these benefits.

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