The executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Mr. Sam Mwandha, has provided assurance to both local and international tourists that Queen Elizabeth National Park is secure for visitors.
This assurance comes in the aftermath of an attack in the park on October 17, where two tourists and their driver were targeted by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.
Mr. Mwandha emphasized that the park remains open, and appropriate security measures have been put in place.
He stated that continuous deployment and discussions are ongoing to ensure the safety and enjoyment of Uganda for all visitors.
Mr. Mwandha noted that a joint team of security agencies is actively ensuring the park’s security.
Collaborations have been established with various security agencies in the region, including the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), Uganda Police, Resident District Commissioner for Kasese, and UWA staff.
A program has been developed to maintain the safety of all park visitors.
Earlier, President Museveni addressed the incident and attributed it to security lapses.
He also assured Ugandans that the suspected perpetrators, the ADF rebels, would be defeated, emphasizing the need to prevent such incidents from happening again.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s most treasured tourist destinations, known for its diverse wildlife, including 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species.
The park features stunning savannah grasslands, lakes, and various other attractions. Originally named Kazinga National Park, it was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Tourists can continue to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park while security measures are being reinforced to ensure their safety.