As part of the World Tourism Day celebrations that were held in Mbarara, the Uganda Wildlife Authority took the initiative to incorporate in the disbursal of 175 Million Shillings to the local communities around the Uganda Safari destination of Lake Mburo National Park under the revenue sharing scheme.
The 20% of the entrance fees collected from the travelers on wildlife safaris in Uganda
at the park gates is supposed as per the Uganda Wildlife Act of 2000 to
be shared among the local governments touching the boundaries of the
park every year.
The event which was presided over by Rt. Hon.
Ruhakana Rugunda – the Prime Minister of Uganda along with Prof. Ephraim
Kamuntu the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and his State
Minister Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda saw the 175 million Shillings for the
year 2014 / 2015 handed over to the local leaders in cheques amidst
The three of the beneficiaries namely; Mbarara
Municipal Council, Kiruhura District and Isingiro District received
11,033,390/=, 89,369,900/= and 74,963,193/= respectively to facilitate
various project developments for community empowerment and livelihood
improvement that will in turn strengthen community conservation and
appreciation of Uganda Safaris and tours.
the District of Kiruhura, the funds will be utilized to facilitate
water dam construction in Akaku and Rushororo in Kanyaryeru Sub County,
Rwabarata – Kakunyu community access road opening in Rwamuranda parish,
supporting self help projects like; Poultry scheme in Kiribwa, bull
fattening in Nombe II, goat rearing in Kigarama all in Sanga Sub county,
piped water in Byembogo Cell, fencing of valley tanks in Rurambira
Nyakashashara Sub county and Akatoma Primary school construction in
In Isingiro District, the projects include; the
classroom block completion at Rukuuba Primary School, Kyenjojo road
maintenance in Rwentango Parish, goat rearing in Ihunga Parish, heifer
project in Kyarugaju Kabingo Sub County and Office and classroom block
at Kiretwa Mixed Primary School among others.
In the previous
year, 455,957,607 Uganda Shillings was disbursed under the same scheme
benefiting the surrounding communities. The funds are disbursed as per
the guidelines of revenue sharing scheme and the projects supported must
be in line with these guidelines.
Lake Mburo National Park is noted to receive a range of 26,000 Uganda tour
undertakers every year earning about 200 million Uganda Shillings. And
as per the Uganda Wildlife Act, the 20% has to be disbursed to the
surrounding communities under the collaborative management approach that
aims at mitigating human wildlife conflict. The surrounding communities
are always victims of problem animals and animal encroachment on