BY SAMUEL NABWIISO
KAMPALA, Uganda–Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has commissioned a multibillion building which will help the conservation agency to raise money to finance conservation projects and also pay its staff.
The Wildlife Tower located at Kanjokya street in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, costed Uganda Wildlife Authority about UGX20billion.
Commissioning the Building, the Minister for Tourism Wildlife and Antiquates Professor Ephraim Kamuntu said the new Infrastructure will relieve the conservation agency from over depending on National Park gates collection dues.
“With this kind of infrastructure the conservation agency will be in position to raise more revenue to finance conservation activities across the country and will also boost the tourism sector in the country, “ Kamuntu said.
He added that the tourism ministry will continue lobbing for more funds to finance the sector which is Uganda’s number one income generating sector.
Speaking at the same event the State Minister for Tourism Hon Kiwanda Godfrey Ssubi said government is committed to fence off all the national parks to mitigate the issue of wildlife to human conflicts which is becoming a major problem to conservation.
“The Ministry in collaboration with UWA shall embark on fencing off all the national parks because incidences of human to wildlife are increasing which has left many communities to suffer in that wild animals destroy their gardens and livestock’s especially by big cats (Lion, leopards),” said Kiwanda
The Wild Life Tower will be rented out to corporate companies and according to Sam Mwandha, the Executive Director, Uganda Wildlife Authority they expect to collect about UGX1.5 billion per year from the project.