The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu has today (April 26, 2019) handed over two pieces of land measuring 7.5 acres worth UGX 180 Million to a group of 35 people of the Batwa community neighbouring Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. One piece of land is situated in Musana while the other is situated in Nyagacence both in Kisoro District.
Prof. Kamuntu said that the purchase of the land for the Batwa is the beginning of interventions that will address the challenges of Batwa that have been exerting pressure on the park and its resources. “I want to pay tribute to all those partners including Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust who have over the years invested heavily in improving the welfare of the Batwa including the acquisition of this land.
Last week, an American tourist Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver/ tour guide Jean Paul Mirenge were kidnapped by unknown persons in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This incident has generated debate in the public regarding the safety of our wildlife protected areas.