The members of the Uganda Wildlife Authority eighth Board of Trustees (BOT) have completed a two day familiarization tour of Lake Mburo National Park in South Western Uganda, to acquaint themselves with the developments, ongoing projects and tourism activities in the area.
The board was led by the chairman Mr. Benjamin Otto and the UWA Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Seguya. Other members of the board, who visited the park bordering Kiruhura, Mbarara and Isingiro districts, are Eng. Ivan Batuma, Hon. Edward Balidawa, Dr. Akankwasah Barirega, Dr. Dianah Nalwanga, Dr. Panta Kasoma, Mr. Leonard Wamakote, Mr. Kagumaho Kakuyo and Ms Zeridah Zigiti.
During their supervisory visit, the board members inspected the sites for planned accommodation facilities at Kazuma Look out hill, Kigambira hill,the former interpretation centre in Rwonyo and the Enyemebwa Cultural Education Centre funded by Fauna and Flora International and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
The board members also visited a two block school(Nyanga Community Primary School) in Rurambira parish constructed with funds from the Revenue Sharing scheme and Sport hunting to the tune of 46m/= and a church hall valued at 15m/=.
The members flanked by top management inspected the ongoing construction works for the new park office block at Minekye hill, senior staff quarters and the new pier for the boat landing at the Lake Mburo close to the UWA managed Lakeside restaurant.
The board chairman was pleased to learn from the chief park warden, Mr. Asa Kule Musinguzi that visitation to the park had steadily increased to 26,000 individuals last year from 12,000 in 2005, and the gross revenue risen to 2 billion shillings.
Next week as Uganda celebrates the international tourism day in Mbarara, UWA will give out a total of 175 million shillings to the districts of Kiruhura, Isingiro and Mbarara Municipal Council as revenue sharing funds for 2014/2015.
Lake Mburo National Park is one of Uganda’s smallest parks and closest to Kampala City, making it the favorite destination for tourists with limited time to stay in the country.