Roganeil Bongaus from Holland jetted into Uganda in June after he was forced to cancel his earlier travel last year when the country closed its borders. He says that there is a sense of safety with strict health measures put in place across the national parks he had visited so far.
The wildlife from the Kidepo Valley National Park strayed Wednesday and Thursday nights destroying the maize that was just ready for harvest. The destruction comes at a time when the region is struggling to cope with a threat of hunger and food insecurity where green belts such as Karenga, Kaabong, and parts of Kitido Nakapiripirit among others are the region’s food basket are also thrown into food loses due to prolonged drought and problem animal.
In the 2018 wildlife census, UWA registered 3,953 elephants in Queen Elizabeth national park up from 2,913 elephants in 2015. Today, this number has grown to over 4,000 elephants while buffalos whose figures stood at 1,500 before March are now above 1,700. The park also has more than 90 mammals and 600 bird species.
“Thankfully, unlike in the first lockdown when the airport was totally shutdown and numbers ground to a halt- this time, numbers are holding steady- with a slight hitch, evidence the sector can be regardless of a hostile environment,” says Ajarova.
According to the Association of Uganda Tour Operators, AUTO, it will take long to recover to the previous industry figures.
Prior to their sentence, the prosecution led by Latif Amis, told the court that the convicts were found in possession of a carcass of a bushbuck, two machetes, spears and eight snares they used to kill the animal.
Bashir Ibrahim, a tour guide at the Queen Elizabeth conservation area, says that it takes between 40 minutes to one and half hours for the ferry to make a single trip. He says the delays are likely to discourage tourists who have scheduled travel time.
Kayondo, a softspoken but form advocate of traders' rights, together with other business personalities like Issa Sekitto, transformed KACITA from a small traders group in Kampala to one of the formidable workers union-like organisations in the country
Now, after close to two months with the sanctuary under lock and key, the wildlife body has announced the reopening in a joint statement issued by the UWA Executive Director Sam Mwandah and Charles Joseph Roy, the Managing Director of Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranches.
Uganda Airlines has also been preparing to launch flights to Dubai at the end of this month using its two newly acquired A330-800Neo Airbuses. And the over 200 labour export companies under Uganda Association of External Recruitment Agencies (UAERA) will soon meet to discuss the latest move and communicate the way forward.
Facing strong resistance, the Archbishop could not even place the foundation stone close to the church. Muwonge says the stone was instead placed some meters away near the martyrs’ lake and was recently relocated to another place during the recent renovation of the place.
Eng.Mohamed Kaggwa Maseko, a Ugandan who is a permanent resident in South Africa says that it has been a hustle having to stop over in Nairobi or Addis Ababa for long hours, moreover worsened by the increase of (health) procedures at every airport in transit which is already hectic.
Ibrahim Saad, who survived an elephant attack, last week says that his two acres of soya garden have been destroyed by stray elephants. He says UWA staff takes time to respond to community calls, something he thinks can be resolved by establishing more rangers outposts across the park.