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President Museveni Wants Tourism Growth In The Country

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has challenged the Uganda Tourism Board and embassies to look for all means necessary of increasing the number of tourists visiting Uganda.

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Speaking during the passing-out of 487 wildlife ranger recruits at Paraa Ranger Training School, Purongo Sub-county, Nwoya District, Museveni said that the tourist’s numbers have to increase from two million.

Uganda’s uniqueness should be advertised by embassies and Uganda Tourism Board. We should put in more efforts to make sure that the number of tourists visiting the country grows from the current two million annually.” He lamented.

The president also clarified about the roads in the parks, where he noted that we must have a proper plan on fixing them.

“The government will find the money. The Karuma-Pakwach road was made to ease access to South Sudan but it has also greatly boosted tourism.

More such roads will be built. Still on infrastructure, it does not make sense for a tourist going to Murchison Falls to first land in Entebbe. They can either land in Soroti or Gulu for those touring in Eastern area like Elgon. The airstrips in these places, including Kasese, will be upgraded to support tourism.” He stated.

He also noted that on the question of conflicts between the animals and communities neighboring parks, there are many ways to check this citing that the communities could engage in activities that naturally would keep the animals at bay, like bee-keeping, tea-growing, cultivating red pepper, among others.

“The laws against poaching should be strengthened. I am also glad to learn that you have introduced dogs at the airport to sniff ivory. I have instructed the Uganda Revenue Authority to acquire scanners which can look through all vehicles at the borders. I will direct the minister of health to build a health centre in Para Safari Lodge to serve the workers, the community and the tourists.” The president said.

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