Ugandan Government Assures Safari Tourists on Security
The Uganda government has assured the safari tourists and the investors of security; saying Uganda is now safe from one border to another. So, the tourists should not cancel their safaris to Uganda. The recent tribal clashes that caused tension in the Rwenzori region earlier have ended. The country is back to normal. The government also wishes to ensure Ugandans, regional and the international tourists coming to visit Uganda that; it’s a safe country, secure and well protected.
The country also wishes to assure that the stay of the safari tourists in the pearl of Africa is secured and out of any harm’s way. The armed forces, police and the intelligence are on full public places and the tourist attraction to ensure that the tourists continue enjoying the unique destination. Tourism also contributes greatly to Uganda’s gross Domestic product every year. The country also earned over $805m in 2012.
Also security in the national parks has been strengthened several years back which also explains safety of tourists experienced in the recent years. Rwenzori, queen Elizabeth and the Semuliki are all in the Rwenzori were the clashes took place but there is no record of any incident inside the park which shows security to the safari tourism industry. According to Sseguya, security in national parks comprises of UWA rangers, tourism Police, and a section of the army; all of which have been incorporated in UWA rangers.
There have been assurances of security within national parks, with routine patrols being the order of the day. Uganda is known for her Mountain Gorillas. These are tucked away in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Each national park also has a UPDF detach as well as intelligence officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
“We have plenty of rangers to escort each tourist. They should feel free to come any time.” The officials were reacting to reports about the safety of the country coming from sections of the media and foreign missions in Uganda.
“There have been some false travel advisories from a section of embassies accredited to Uganda. This should end because the country is safe,” said Stephen Asiimwe, the chief executive officer of the Uganda Tourism Board.