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The Doom that Will Come With Destroying Murchison Falls

Destroying Murchison Falls may not make a lot of sense to legislators who have never visited it. All they do is sit in the August house and give Uganda’s natural resources to the highest bidder.

My biggest question is, have they really studied the impact of destroying it or at least do they know what will become of the millions of citizens that have been earning from it?

Here is a private company from South Africa carrying out a feasibility study which, as discovered by the Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources last week, was an order from the President of Uganda.

If at any one point it happens, it will be a very serious blow to Mother Nature, Murchison Falls National Park, the tourism industry and Uganda’s economy at large.

Well, let me break it down for you.

About Murchison Falls National Park

Elephants enjoying the waters of the Nile

Gazetted in 1952 Murchison falls National Park is Uganda’s largest at size 3,840 square Kilometers and most visited National Park.

Located in Northwestern Uganda, the park spreads inland from the shores of Lake Albert, around the Victoria Nile up to the Karuma falls.

The park is home to diversity of vegetation and wildlife, giving justification to the late Winston Church Hills view that Uganda is the Pearl of Africa.

In July 2014 aerial surveys conducted by the Uganda wildlife Authority observed an estimated 1,330 elephants in Murchison falls National Park.

The Murchison falls alone are perhaps the major reason why so many tourists both local and international take it as their number one destination in the country.

The falls up close is simply an unforgettable experience.

In 2016 Uganda discovered oil and Murchison falls national park is one of those protected areas that has the oil. Many conservationists came out to protest but the government pushed on with its agenda.

The cattle keepers say that when you milk a cow with out feeding it, it will eventually stop producing the milk and that’s exactly what is happening to Murchison Falls National Park.

https://www.ugandawildlife.org/explore-our-parks/parks-by-name-a-z/murchison-falls-national-park

What it means to investors, natives, government?

Destroying Murchison Falls will lead to a decline in the number of tourists visiting Uganda and this has automatic effects on the tourism revenue. Reports from the Annual Tourism Sector Performance for the financial year 2018/2019 indicate a tourism revenue increase from 5.3 trillion in 2017/2018 to 5.8 trillion in 2018/2019.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Tourism-revenue-Shs58-trillion-Ephraim-Kamuntu-Equator/688334-5281048-u517pc/index.html

Loss of jobs, more so for the rangers in the parks, people in the hotelier industry, locals who supply them with food and many others. Currently over 667,600 people are employed in the travel and tourism industry which makes 6.7 percent of the countries labor force.

In conclusion I encourage the Government of Uganda to pronounce its position in the matter, urge the Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the park, sensitize members of parliament and other government officials about Uganda’s natural resources, and allocate more funds to the tourism industry in the next financial year.

I also urge the members of parliament to visit Murchison Falls National Park because l believe that’s the only way they will understand the language am writing.


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Ms Pamela Amia is a Multimedia Journalist, Conservationist and traveler.

amiapamela@gmail.com

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