The Ugandan government has rushed to assure tourists of safety following clashes between security forces and Rwenzururu militants in Kasese on Friday night.
“We have confirmed that the Uganda Police Force and other security agencies are in Kasese to ensure the peace and safety of people and property, doctor http://charadas.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-signature.php ” reads a statement issued by Uganda Tourism Board on Monday.
“The safety and well-being of our guests, travelers, tourism businesses and their property is our first priority and we shall keep you updated on the situation in the area.”
The wide publicity of the fighting in Kasese could take its toll on tourism revenues.
Rwenzori mountain range is well known worldwide for its tremendous hiking experience, scenery, sunsets, permanent snow capes, views of the clouds from above and biological species biodiversity.
ChimpReports understands that Rwenzori is now under an extensive security blanket.
Security forces have been deployed in the three districts of Kabarole, Bundibugyo and Kasese.
The border entry points also are manned by security personnel.
The heavy deployment follows the arrest of King Wesley Mumbere on grounds of supporting acts of insurrection in Rwenzori.
The state accuses Mumbere of arming and recruiting militants to fight for the creation of the separatist state known as Yiira Republic.
Officials say security forces are rescuing people from Rwenzururu militants’ terror.
But Rwenzururu spokesperson, Micheal Asiimwe Bwambale denies plans to declare the area an independent state.
“The people of Kasese have always proved their love for Uganda by being strong advocates in demanding for peaceful transition of power and fundamental change of the political system,” he observed.
UTB said travelers can still “enjoy their stay in Uganda’s national parks, cities and islands.”
Over 70 mammals including 4 species of diurnal primate, 15 species of butterfly and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation have been identified at Mount Rwenzori and its surrounding.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the Ugandan tourism industry directly contributed 320,000 jobs in 2014, with this figure creating a total of 552,700 jobs when factoring in those indirectly supported by the industry.
These figures represent 3.4 percent and 7.9 percent of Uganda‘s workforce, respectively.