OBR had looked set to celebrate its first coronation anniversary in 5 years since the arrest of Mumbere when the Kingdom prime minister Joseph Kule Muranga announced last week that the cultural leader had called for coronation activities.
This is the first time the institution is celebrating its coronation anniversary since the arrest of Mumbere. Mumbere is currently facing treason, terrorism and murder charges arising from the November 27, 2016, military attack on his palace which left more than 100 people killed.
In July last year, the residents rejected a survey report from the Ministry of Lands accusing the surveyors of being comprised by UWA. The parties resolved that the community will have an independent surveyor who will then work with a government surveyor and local leaders to handle the process of boundary re-opening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoffrey Asiimwe Kamuhanda a resident of Kahendero landing site says they had a community engagement with UWA in 2019 and asked for public information on new laws and issues to do with human and wildlife conflicts.
Geoffrey Kasozi a model farmer in Karusandara sub county says they have had numerous discussions with various stakeholders in regard to the Act.
But he questions why the compensation clause has been handled sluggishly yet the wild animals continue to cause havoc in communities including destroying crops and injuring people.
The day also marked 54 years since the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere succeeded his father the late Isaya Mukirania. It has been celebrated with pomp, ever since Mumbere returned from the United States of America and since Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu was recognized as an independent cultural institution in 2009.
Lodge owners and tourism operators have appealed to the European Union (EU) delegation in Uganda to consider clear accessibility of the Euro 6 million grant (25.2 billion Shillings) that was recently extended to support the private tourism sector.
John Muhangi, the Warden Law Enforcement and Security in Queen Elizabeth National park, says they are cognizant that most game animals have found alternative routes, which they use to stray into communities where they wreak havoc.