Community awareness on the dangers regarding poaching in Uganda’s National Parks has got a boost of USD$ 20,000 (Shs 72m) following this year’s invitational fishing tournament.
The annual 2017 fishing event on River Nile in the protected areas of Murchison Falls National Park was organized by Toyota Uganda and Nile Breweries recently.
Addressing the media at the event where a Toyota Motor Bike was handed over to Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at their headquarters in Kampala, Peter Baldwin the Honorary Warden and Managing director East African Fisheries Limited said their efforts to promote Uganda through sport fishing, has been made possible due to permission granted by UWA. “Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa where sport fishing is still allowed in protected animal gazette areas. We are proud to be part of the team that promotes tourism in the country,” said Baldwin.
Baldwin handed over a brand new Yamaha Motor bike to UWA Deputy executive director Edgar Buhanga. Buhanga who represented the Executive Director Dr. Andrew Seguya said; through the fishing initiative, five motorbikes have been donated that has been instrumental in contributing to conservation in the Murchison Falls National Park. “These bikes have assisted us in law enforcement and surveillance. Other funds have been used to purchase scholastic materials and support towards education,” said Buhanga. He said this year at least USD20, 000 has been generated from the fishing tournament competition from park entrance and fishing permit fees.
‘UWA will continue to protect the integrity of the park and its wildlife resources, including fishing,” said Buhanga. He urged the Murchison Falls National Park Conservation Area manager and UWA deputy Director Tom Okello Ebong to put the bike to proper use. Ebong said the tournament has so far seen five bikes donated to UWA law enforcement officers attached to the park.
The UWA Business Development Manager Stephen Sanyi Masaba said they will continue to collaborate with the promoters of the Murchison falls National Park Fishing Tournament to the betterment of tourism in the country. By James Otai