President tours Queen Elizabeth park, assures on security

President Yoweri Museveni has concluded his week-long security assessment tour of the Rwenzori region with a tour of the Queen Elizabeth National Park assuring the people of Rwenzori sub-region and the country of total peace.

The President urged the people of Rwenzori region to maintain peace and security and to allow tourism to flourish for people to earn incomes. He assured Ugandans and the world that the region is largely peaceful and the security is assured along all the mountain ranges.

As part of the assessment tour, President Museveni took a boat cruise of the entire Kazinga channel where he viewed game park animals that included among others hippos, buffalos and crocodiles. He also viewed different species of birds.

He also made a brief stopover at Kazinga fishing village where a huge crowd suddenly gathered to acknowledge his greetings.

At the end of the tour, one of the game wardens Joshua Masereka who welcomed President Museveni expressed their gratitude for receiving a high profile guest at the park. He said the area is very peaceful and urged tourists to emulate President Museveni by visiting Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The guide Mr. Christopher Naitala also thanked President Museveni for visiting the park and for ensuring peace and security in the region.

The President later held a press briefing at Mweya Safari Lodge in Kasese district during which he shared with the country the situation in the region. He said he was in the Queen Elizabeth National Park to promote touring and to affirm to the world about guaranteed security in the region.

Last week, Museveni made a brief stop at Sempaya tourist site and toured Nyansimbi hot springs in Semuliki National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.

Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.