Fury as Rukungiri Misses National Park Revenue Share

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In short
Gideon Ntunguram, LC V councilor Bwambara sub-county, which neighbors Queen Elizabeth National Park, accuses the Authority of failing to honor its commitment on revenue collection for the last three years.

Rukungiri district authorities are protesting missing out their 20 percent revenue share from Queen Elizabeth National Park for the last three years. Rukungiri is one the district bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park.
 
 
The others are Rubirizi, Kasese,Kamwenge ,Kanungu , Ibanda and Mitooma districts. Frontline communities neighboring national parks across the country are entitled to 20 percent of the revenue collections from the national park in recognition of their role in conservation as a provided for by Uganda Wildlife Act.
 
 
However, Rukungiri district says they have missed their revenue share on the collections Queen Elizabeth National Park for the last three years. They also accuse Uganda Wildlife Authority of denying them information on revenue accruing from the national park in the last three years.
 

Gideon Ntunguram, LC V councilor Bwambara sub-county, which neighbors Queen Elizabeth National Park, accuses the Authority of failing to honor its commitment on revenue collection for the last three years.
 
 
According to Ntunguram, his voters are entitled to their share from the park since marauding elephants, buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, lions, and chimpanzees occasionally escape from the Park and destroy their crops and domestic animals. He also says the decision by UWA to withhold information on the collections from the park is a sign of lack of transparency.
 
 
Andrewson Kateebire, the Rukungiri LC V Chairperson, says their plans to construct new class rooms at Kikarara Primary school and a structure at Kikarara health center II in Kikarara parish in Bwambara Sub County have stalled since they had planned to use the money accruing from the revenue sharing arrangement.
 
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Ephraim Kamuntu, the Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Minister, has called for calm, saying UWA will disburse the money to the affected district.
 
 
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Early this month, UWA handed out Shillings 970 million to be shared among the three districts that border Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga in Kigezi sub region. Kanungu got Shilling 509 million Kisoro Shillings 239 million and Rubanda got Shilling 221 million.


 

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.