Bashir Hangi, the Communication Officer of Uganda Wildlife Authority –UWA told URN in an interview that the drivers who knocked the game animals are still at large and are being hunted by the Police and UWA.
A cargo lorry laden with cotton seeds from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday afternoon plunged into Karuma Falls in Kiryandongo district. Inspector Patrick Otika, the officer in charge of traffic at Kamdini out post in Oyam district, says the vehicle fell 7.5 metres into the deep of Karuma water falls. He told URN on phone that the driver of the vehicle, Nelson Eric Nsubuga, emerged from under the bridge few minutes later.
Less than 40 percent of the people in Koboko can read and write, making it one of the districts with lowest literacy levels in the country. Isaac Todoko, the Koboko District Production Secretary, says the problem of literacy is real.
The seven petitioners from both Masindi and Kiryandongo districts instructed human rights lawyer Ladislaus Kiiza Rwakafuuzi to file a suit against Uganda Wildlife Authority UWA for the continuous killings by game rangers in Murchison falls.
Raymond Engena, UWA Director Tourism and Business, says the call for revision of the agreements came up in order to increase investment opportunities and create competition for better services in the national parks.
Naturally, giraffes have only been living in Murchison Falls, though research shows that previously they also lived in Lake Mburo National Park long before the park was gazetted as a protected area. But they were threatened by human activity and later became extinct.
The Uganda giraffe, also known as Rothschilds giraffe, is one of the most endangered giraffe subspecies, with only a few hundred members in the wild. They estimated to be not more than 1600 in the world. About 700 of them are in captivity around the world and about 800 can be found in the wild with the biggest population in Uganda
Four National Parks in Uganda that won the prestigious Trip Advisor award of excellence did not fluke the awards, the park managers say. Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest retained the titles while Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo National Parks won the awards for the first time.
The disease is believed to have originated from Teso region in eastern Uganda where livestock for the cattle restocking programme were brought from and distributed in the district late last month. In Teso where the outbreak started, authorities have already closed up to five livestock markets to contain further spread of the virus.
Loic Laurandel, the outgoing General Manager, Total E&P Uganda revealed that they would submit Field Development Plans (FDPâ€™s) for the Jobi-Rii discoveries in the Paraa Discovery Area or Area Exploration 1.
The system Piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park last year involves the use of a wildlife card, aboutthe size of a credit card, embedded with a microchip used to control and deduct rates and fees according to the services provided while in the parks.
A study by experts shows that oil activities in Murchison Falls National Park has not much affected the wildlife movement and feeding habits in the area. Commissioned shortly after Total E&P started oil exploration in the area, the study was conducted by a team from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) will divert tourism activities at the peak of oil and gas construction works. According to the new management plans for Murchison Falls National Park and Kabwoya Game reserve, new tourism tracks and circuits will be constructed to divert tourism traffic from the current circuits that also have oil deposits.
It is overshadowed by the mighty Murchison Falls that very few people actually know the name of the falls, just few meters away from the Murchison Falls. Uhuru falls came into existence in 1962, the same year Uganda got independence.
Under such arrangements, several accommodation facilities have been put by private entities in many parks across the country. Some of the most prominent facilities include, Para Safari lodge in Murchison Falls National Park, Pakuba Lodge, Lake Mburo facilities and several other accommodation facilities.