The State Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Hon. Kiwanda Suubi kick started Tulambule wild (go visit) local tourism drive at Murchison Falls National Park with a strong call for all Ugandans to visit and know more about the national parks. The minister who made a grand entrance through Murchison's Kichumbanyobo gate with journalists and locals in tow drummed up support for local tourism. Hon. Kiwanda was joined by his host the Executive Director of UWA, Dr. Andrew Seguya and Murchison Falls Conservation Area Chief, Assistant Director Tom Okello and his entire team of staff in Murchison. The Tulambule wild launched in Murchison will go around all the national parks till the end of February 2017.
"Uganda Wildlife Authority has kept the habitat intact and ensured that the animal numbers shoot up. Tourism is every one's responsibility and therefore everyone should take keen interest in it," said the minister on arrival. He was impressed with the most recent initiative of the state of art gate currently under construction. The gate will be a payment point for cashless system, an internet and coffee point for the tourists as well as a visitor center. "This infrastructural development is important not only to make visitors stay longer but also comfortable. Am glad UWA has done its best to upgrade the park facilities to world class," the minister emphasized as he made a brief address to the press.
While in Paraa, the Minister's Tulambule entourage was welcomed by numerous area Political leaders including members of Parliament and LC V chairpersons of the districts surrounding the park who came to show solidarity with the campaign. Hon. Biranwa Steven and Hon. Jalia Bintu both thanked management for being cooperative and proactive in protection of both the interests of the park and people around it. They reaffirmed their support for the domestic tourism drive.
The Tulambule team combed through all pockets of the park's key attractions to draw support and show case the unique features for the community and media team. This massive launch of awareness is intended to show how national parks are affordable and endowed with unique attractions. Dr. Seguya Andrew called on the locals to interest themselves with national parks because they are affordable and unique. "Our national parks are affordable with low fees for Ugandan nationals reduced considerably from those of foreign nationals. The low budget accommodation costs 20,000/= in the students center for adults while students pay 3,500/=. There also camping facilities available at prior notice," affirmed Dr. Seguya.